42 U.S.C. § 1974 : US Code - Section 1974: Retention and preservation of records and papers by officers of elections; deposit with custodian; penalty for violation

      Every officer of election shall retain and preserve, for a period
    of twenty-two months from the date of any general, special, or
    primary election of which candidates for the office of President,
    Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member
    of the House of Representatives, or Resident Commissioner from the
    Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are voted for, all records and papers
    which come into his possession relating to any application,
    registration, payment of poll tax, or other act requisite to voting
    in such election, except that, when required by law, such records
    and papers may be delivered to another officer of election and
    except that, if a State or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    designates a custodian to retain and preserve these records and
    papers at a specified place, then such records and papers may be
    deposited with such custodian, and the duty to retain and preserve
    any record or paper so deposited shall devolve upon such custodian.
    Any officer of election or custodian who willfully fails to comply
    with this section shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned
    not more than one year, or both.