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HF 1443

4th Engrossment - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 03/03/2005
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/16/2006
2nd Engrossment Posted on 04/03/2006
3rd Engrossment Posted on 05/04/2006
4th Engrossment Posted on 05/09/2006

Current Version - 4th Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; requiring proof of citizenship on filing for certain offices;
requiring certain voters to provide picture identification; providing for the
issuance of certain identification cards at no charge; establishing a procedure
for unverified ballots; amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 204C.13, by
adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2005 Supplement, section 204C.10;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 204B; 204C.


Section 1.

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new text begin A person who files for the state legislature or a constitutional office shall provide
proof of United States citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate, or
naturalization document.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2005 Supplement, section 204C.10, is amended to read:


(a) An individual seeking to vote shall sign a polling place roster which states
that the individual is at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, has resided
in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding the election, maintains residence at
the address shown, is not under a guardianship in which the court order revokes the
individual's right to vote, has not been found by a court of law to be legally incompetent
to vote or convicted of a felony without having civil rights restored, is registered and
has not already voted in the election. The roster must also state: "I understand that
deliberately providing false information is a felony punishable by not more than five years
imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both."

(b) deleted text beginA judge may, deleted text endBefore the applicant signs the roster, new text begina judge:
new text end

new text begin (1) may new text endconfirm the applicant's name, address, and date of birthnew text begin; and
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new text begin (2) except when the voter resides in a residential facility, as defined by section
201.061, subdivision 3, or has a religious objection to being photographed shall require
the voter to provide a picture identification card or document
new text end.

(c) After the applicant signs the roster, the judge shall give the applicant a voter's
receipt. The voter shall deliver the voter's receipt to the judge in charge of ballots as proof
of the voter's right to vote, and thereupon the judge shall hand to the voter the ballot. The
voters' receipts must be maintained during the time for notice of filing an election contest.

Sec. 3.

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new text begin (a) The Department of Public Safety shall provide to each eligible applicant at
no charge a Minnesota identification card or Under-21 identification card as described
in section 171.07, subdivision 3, to anyone eligible to vote who presents verification of
a household income below the federal poverty level and demonstrates a need. This free
identification card can only be applied for at one of the 16 regional state-run Department of
Motor Vehicle driver's license facilities. The secretary of state's office shall reimburse the
Department of Public Safety the actual cost for providing the free Minnesota identification
card or Under-21 identification card issued pursuant to this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) The applicant must present verification of eligibility when applying for an initial
identification card or Under-21 identification card and when applying for any renewal or,
as a result of a change of address, for a duplicate of an identification card or Under-21
identification card.
new text end

new text begin (c) All costs and implementation procedures shall be agreed upon by the secretary of
state and the commissioner of public safety prior to the implementation of this section.
new text end

new text begin (d) The secretary of state and the commissioner of public safety shall reevaluate the
costs of this program prior to the 2008-2009 biennium and report to the legislature their
findings for possible inclusion in the budget for that biennium.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 204C.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 6a. new text end

new text begin Unverified ballots. new text end

new text begin A voter who is unable to provide required photo
identification or who exercises the religious objection exception may mark a ballot, which
the election judges shall receive and mark as "unverified." The election judges must
maintain a list of the names and addresses of voters who cast such ballots. The unverified
ballots must be counted unless they equal three percent or more of the ballots cast in the
precinct. In that case, the election judges must not count the unverified ballots unless
the eligibility of the voters can be determined as provided by this subdivision. Within
two days after the election, the county auditor must notify each voter whose ballot was
marked "unverified" that the voter's ballot shall be counted if the voter provides photo
identification or a copy of a valid and accepted form of Minnesota identification to the
county auditor within three days.
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Sec. 5. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Sections 1 to 4 are effective July 1, 2007.
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