as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/28/2011 09:54am
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A bill for an act
relating to elections; authorizing absentee voting without excuse; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 203B.02, subdivision 1; 203B.04, subdivisions
1, 6; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
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eligible voter deleted text beginwho reasonably expects to be unable to go to the polling place on election
day in the precinct where the individual maintains residence because of absence from the
precinct; illness, including isolation or quarantine under sections 144.419 to 144.4196
or United States Code, title 42, sections 264 to 272; disability; religious discipline;
observance of a religious holiday; or service as an election judge in another precinctdeleted text end may
vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections 203B.04 to 203B.15.
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(b) If the governor has declared an emergency and filed the declaration with the
secretary of state under section 12.31, and the declaration states that the emergency has
made it difficult for voters to go to the polling place on election day, any voter in a
precinct covered by the declaration may vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections
203B.04 to 203B.15.
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Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Except as otherwise allowed by
subdivision 2 or by section 203B.11, subdivision 4, an application for absentee ballots for
any election may be submitted at any time not less than one day before the day of that
election. The county auditor shall prepare absentee ballot application forms in the format
provided by the secretary of state and shall furnish them to any person on request. By
January 1 of each even-numbered year, the secretary of state shall make the forms to be
used available to auditors through electronic means. An application submitted pursuant to
this subdivision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to:
(1) the county auditor of the county where the applicant maintains residence; or
(2) the municipal clerk of the municipality, or school district if applicable, where
the applicant maintains residence.
An application shall be approved if it is timely received, signed and dated by the
applicant, contains the applicant's name and residence and mailing addresses, date of birth,
and at least one of the following:
(1) the applicant's Minnesota driver's license number;
(2) Minnesota state identification card number;
(3) the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number; or
(4) a statement that the applicant does not have any of these numbers.
To be approved, the application must deleted text beginstate that the applicant is eligible to vote by
absentee ballot for one of the reasons specified in section 203B.02, and mustdeleted text end contain an
oath that the information contained on the form is accurate, that the applicant is applying
on the applicant's own behalf, and that the applicant is signing the form under penalty
An applicant's full date of birth, Minnesota driver's license or state identification
number, and the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number must not be
made available for public inspection. An application may be submitted to the county
auditor or municipal clerk by an electronic facsimile device. An application mailed or
returned in person to the county auditor or municipal clerk on behalf of a voter by a
person other than the voter must be deposited in the mail or returned in person to the
county auditor or municipal clerk within ten days after it has been dated by the voter and
no later than six days before the election. The absentee ballot applications or a list of
persons applying for an absentee ballot may not be made available for public inspection
until the close of voting on election day.
An application under this subdivision may contain an application under subdivision
5 to automatically receive an absentee ballot application.
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
(a) An eligible voter may apply to
a county auditor or municipal clerk for status as an ongoing absentee voter deleted text beginwho reasonably
expects to meet the requirements of section 203B.02, subdivision 1deleted text end. Each applicant must
automatically be provided with an absentee ballot application for each ensuing election
other than an election by mail conducted under section 204B.45, and must have the status
of ongoing absentee voter indicated on the voter's registration record.
(b) Ongoing absentee voter status ends on:
(1) the voter's written request;
(2) the voter's death;
(3) return of an ongoing absentee ballot as undeliverable;
(5) placement of the voter's registration on inactive status under section 201.171.
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