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HF 1719

as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
  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. 
  1.9      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.