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HF 1899

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to elections; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution,
article VII, section 1; authorizing local units of government to permit permanent
resident noncitizens to vote in local elections.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
amendment is adopted, article VII, section 1, will read:
new text end

Section 1.

Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United
States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an
election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct.new text begin A local unit of government may authorize
voting in its elections by a person who is 18 years of age or more, has resided in the
local government jurisdiction for 30 days next preceding an election, and is not a citizen
of the United States but is a permanent resident of the United States under federal law.
new text end
The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30
days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be
entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above
requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil
rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

Sec. 2. new text beginSUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2008 general
election. The question submitted must be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to allow local units of government to
authorize permanent resident noncitizens to vote in local government elections?
new text end

new text begin Yes .......
new text end
new text begin No ......."
new text end