§3-9-19. Violations concerning absent voters' ballots; penalties.

     (a) Any person who, with the intent to commit fraud, obtains, removes, or disseminates an absent voters' ballot, intimidates an absent voter, or completes or alters an absent voters' ballot, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $10,000 nor more than $20,000, imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years, or both fined and imprisoned.

     (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any person who, having procured an absent voter's official ballot or ballots, shall wilfully neglect or refuse to return the same as provided in article three of this chapter, or who shall otherwise wilfully violate any of the provisions of said article three of this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than two hundred and fifty dollars, or confined in the county jail for not more than three months. If the clerk of the circuit court of any county, or any member of the board of ballot commissioners, or any member of the board of canvassers shall refuse or neglect to perform any of the duties required of him by any of the provisions of articles three, five and six of this chapter relating to voting by absentees or shall disclose to any other person or persons how any absent voter voted, he shall, in each instance, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or confined in the county jail for not more than six months.