(a) The election officer shall, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 60th day after every general election, remove the name of any qualified elector failing to vote at the election if the voter also failed to vote at the preceding election. For this purpose, “to vote” means the depositing of the ballot in the ballot box whether the ballot is blank or later rejected for any reason. In the case of absentee voting by mail by qualified electors, “to vote” means timely mailing the absentee ballot to the Chief Election Officer whether or not the ballot was counted.
(b) Any qualified elector whose name has been removed from the register may, at any time prior to the closing of the register, as provided in section 6.0222, have his name restored in the register by presenting himself to the election officer and reregistering under section 6.0214, or by making application by mail or otherwise under procedures established by the Chief Election Officer. The election officer shall compare the signature with the signature of the qualified elector as previously registered, and if found by him not to be similar, he may require further proof. The names of all these qualified electors shall be reentered in the register.