as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to elections; authorizing alternative forms 1.3 of voting in city elections; requiring certain voting 1.4 systems to support alternative forms of voting; 1.5 amending Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 206.80; 1.6 proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 1.7 chapter 205. 1.8 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.9 Section 1. [205.85] [VOTING IN CITY ELECTIONS.] 1.10 Nothing in Minnesota Statutes shall be construed to 1.11 prohibit a city from adopting by ordinance cumulative voting, 1.12 ranked-order voting, or another method of voting with a form of 1.13 ballot that differs from the form required by section 204B.36, 1.14 subdivision 2. 1.15 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 206.80, is 1.16 amended to read: 1.17 206.80 [ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEMS.] 1.18 An electronic voting system purchased after July 1, 2004, 1.19 may not be employed unless it: 1.20 (1) permits every voter to vote in secret; 1.21 (2) permits every voter to vote for all candidates and 1.22 questions for whom or upon which the voter is legally entitled 1.23 to vote; 1.24 (3) supports cumulative voting and ranked-order voting and 1.25 stores electronic backup copy; 1.26 (4) provides for write-in voting when authorized; 2.1
(4)(5) rejects by means of the automatic tabulating 2.2 equipment, except as provided in section 206.84 with respect to 2.3 write-in votes, all votes for an office or question when the 2.4 number of votes cast on it exceeds the number which the voter is 2.5 entitled to cast; 2.6 (5)(6) permits a voter at a primary election to select 2.7 secretly the party for which the voter wishes to vote; and 2.8 (6)(7) rejects, by means of the automatic tabulating 2.9 equipment, all votes cast in a primary election by a voter when 2.10 the voter votes for candidates of more than one party.