.02 Verifying Ballot.

A. Required. The board shall first ascertain that the ballot used in the contest to be recounted was the correct ballot.

B. Methods.

(1) For direct recording equipment, the determination shall be made by inspecting the ballot as it appeared on the face of the machine.

(2) For paper ballots on which the ballot information is printed, the determination shall be made:

(a) As the ballots are manually counted; or

(b) By inspecting the ballots before machine tabulation.

C. Report of Incorrect Ballot. If the board finds that an incorrect ballot was used in one or more precincts, it shall immediately notify the State Board.