(1) Any eligible elector of a political subdivision may apply for permanent absentee voter status. The application for permanent absentee voter status must be made in writing or by facsimile using an application form or letter furnished by the designated election official of the political subdivision. The application must contain the same information submitted in connection with an application for an absentee voter's ballot pursuant to section 1-13.5-1002 .
(2) Upon receipt of an application for permanent absentee voter status, the designated election official shall process the application in the same manner as an application for an absentee voter's ballot. If the designated election official determines that the applicant is an eligible elector, the designated election official shall place the eligible elector's name on the list maintained by the political subdivision pursuant to section 1-13.5-1004 of those eligible electors to whom an absentee voter's ballot is mailed every time there is an election conducted by the political subdivision for which the eligible elector has requested permanent absentee voter status.
(3) If there is no designated election official presently appointed in the local government, the secretary of the local government shall process the application for permanent absentee status in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) of this section.
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