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as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 01/30/2015 08:49am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; providing for early voting; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 201.022, subdivision 1; 203B.001; 203B.01,
by adding a subdivision; 203B.03, subdivision 1; 203B.05, subdivision 1;
203B.081; 203B.085; 203B.121, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 5, by adding a subdivision;
204B.28, subdivision 2; 204C.10; 206.82, subdivision 1; 206.83; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 203B.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 201.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The secretary of state shall maintain a statewide
voter registration system to facilitate voter registration and to provide a central database
containing voter registration information from around the state. The system must be
accessible to the county auditor of each county in the state. The system must also:

(1) provide for voters to submit their voter registration applications to any county
auditor, the secretary of state, or the Department of Public Safety;

(2) provide for the definition, establishment, and maintenance of a central database
for all voter registration information;

(3) provide for entering data into the statewide registration system;

(4) provide for electronic transfer of completed voter registration applications from
the Department of Public Safety to the secretary of state or the county auditor;

(5) assign a unique identifier to each legally registered voter in the state;

(6) provide for the acceptance of the Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota
state identification number, and last four digits of the Social Security number for each
voter record;

(7) coordinate with other agency databases within the state;

(8) allow county auditors and the secretary of state to add or modify information in
the system to provide for accurate and up-to-date records;

(9) allow county auditors, municipal and school district clerks, and the secretary
of state to have electronic access to the statewide registration system for review and
search capabilities;

(10) provide security and protection of all information in the statewide registration
system and ensure that unauthorized access is not allowed;

(11) provide access to municipal clerks to use the system;

(12) provide a system for each county to identify the precinct to which a voter
should be assigned for voting purposes;

(13) provide daily reports accessible by county auditors on the driver's license
numbers, state identification numbers, or last four digits of the Social Security numbers
submitted on voter registration applications that have been verified as accurate by the
secretary of state; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(14) provide reports on the number of absentee ballots transmitted to and returned
and cast by voters under section 203B.16deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (15) provide reports necessary for early voting.
new text end

The appropriate state or local official shall provide security measures to prevent
unauthorized access to the computerized list established under section 201.021.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.001, is amended to read:


203B.001 ELECTION LAW APPLICABILITY.

The Minnesota Election Law is applicable to voting by absentee ballotnew text begin and early
voting
new text end unless otherwise provided in this chapter.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Early voting. new text end

new text begin "Early voting" means voting in person before election
day at a polling place designated as provided in section 203B.33 during the time period
provided in section 203B.31.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Violation.

No individual shall intentionally:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end make or sign any false certificate required by this chapter;

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end make any false or untrue statement in any application for absentee ballots;

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end apply for absentee ballots new text beginor cast an early ballot new text endmore than once in any
election with the intent to cast an illegal ballot;

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end exhibit a ballot marked by that individual to any other individual;

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end do any act in violation of the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of
casting an illegal vote in any precinct or for the purpose of aiding another to cast an
illegal vote;

deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end use information from absentee ballotnew text begin or early votingnew text end materials or records for
purposes unrelated to elections, political activities, or law enforcement;

deleted text begin (g)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end provide assistance to an absenteenew text begin or earlynew text end voter except in the manner provided
by section 204C.15, subdivision 1;

deleted text begin (h)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end solicit the vote of an absentee new text beginor early new text endvoter while in the immediate presence
of the voter during the time the individual knows the absenteenew text begin or earlynew text end voter is voting; or

deleted text begin (i)deleted text endnew text begin (9)new text end alter an absentee ballot application after it has been signed by the voter,
except by an election official for administrative purposes.

Before inspecting information from absentee ballotnew text begin or early votingnew text end materials or
records, an individual shall provide identification to the public official having custody of
the material or information.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Generally.

The full-time clerk of any city or town shall administer
the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 if:

(1) the county auditor of that county has designated the clerk to administer them; or

(2) the clerk has given the county auditor of that county notice of intention to
administer them.

The designation or notice must specify whether the clerk will be responsible for the
administration of a ballot board as provided in section 203B.121.

A clerk of a city that is located in more than one county may only administer the
provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 new text begin and 203B.30 to 203B.35 new text endif the clerk has been
designated by each of the county auditors or has provided notice to each of the county
auditors that the city will administer absentee voting. A clerk may only administer
the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 new text beginand 203B.30 to 203B.35 new text endif the clerk
has technical capacity to access the statewide voter registration system in the secure
manner prescribed by the secretary of state. The secretary of state must identify hardware,
software, security, or other technical prerequisites necessary to ensure the security,
access controls, and performance of the statewide voter registration system. A clerk
must receive training approved by the secretary of state on the use of the statewide voter
registration system before administering this section. A clerk may not use the statewide
voter registration system until the clerk has received the required training. The county
auditor must notify the secretary of state of any municipal clerk who will be administering
the provisions of this section and the duties that the clerk will administer.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.081, is amended to read:


203B.081 LOCATIONS FOR ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON.

new text begin (a) new text endAn eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot in the office of the county auditor
and at any other polling place designated by the county auditor during the 46 days before
the election, except as provided in this section.

new text begin (b) new text endVoters casting absentee ballots in person for a town election held in March
may do so during the 30 days before the election. The county auditor shall make such
designations at least 14 weeks before the election. At least one voting booth in each
polling place must be made available by the county auditor for this purpose. The county
auditor must also make available at least one electronic ballot marker in each polling place
that has implemented a voting system that is accessible for individuals with disabilities
pursuant to section 206.57, subdivision 5.

new text begin (c) No voter may vote by absentee ballot in person during the period designated for
early voting, as provided in section 203B.31.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.085, is amended to read:


203B.085 COUNTY AUDITOR'S AND MUNICIPAL CLERK'S OFFICES TO
REMAIN OPEN DURING CERTAIN HOURS PRECEDING ELECTION.

The county auditor's office in each county and the clerk's office in each city or
town authorized under section 203B.05 to administer absentee balloting must be open
for acceptance of absentee ballot applications and casting of absentee ballots new text beginfrom 8:00
a.m. to 12:00 noon on the day immediately preceding a federal, state, or county election,
unless that day falls on a Sunday. When performing the duties of the county auditor in
an election not held in conjunction with a federal, state, or county election, the clerk's
office must be open
new text endfrom 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 5:00 p.m. on the
day immediately preceding a primary, special, or general election unless that day falls
on a Saturday or Sunday. Town clerks' offices must be open for absentee voting from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Saturday before a town general election held in March.
The school district clerk, when performing the county auditor's election duties, need not
comply with this section.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.121, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment; applicable laws.

(a) The governing body of each
county, municipality, and school district with responsibility to accept and reject absentee
ballots new text beginor to administer early voting new text endmust, by ordinance or resolution, establish a ballot
board. The board must consist of a sufficient number of election judges trained in the
handling of absentee ballots deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin, administration of early voting, and the use of the statewide
voter registration system. The members must be
new text end appointed as provided in sections 204B.19
to 204B.22. The board may include deputy county auditors or deputy city clerks who have
received training in the processing and counting of absentee new text beginand early voting new text endballots.

(b) Each jurisdiction must pay a reasonable compensation to each member of that
jurisdiction's ballot board for services rendered during an election.

(c) Except as otherwise provided by this section, all provisions of the Minnesota
Election Law apply to a ballot board.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.121, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Duties of ballot board; early voting. new text end

new text begin The members of the ballot board
shall administer the process of early voting as prescribed in section 203B.35, and shall
make a record of voters who cast ballots early and count those ballots as provided in
subdivisions 3 and 5.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.121, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Record of voting.

(a) When applicable, the county auditor or municipal
clerk must immediately record that a voter's absentee ballot has been acceptednew text begin or that the
voter has cast a ballot pursuant to the early voting procedures provided in this chapter. A
voter whose record indicates that the voter has cast an early ballot must not be permitted
to cast another ballot in that election
new text end. After the close of business on the deleted text beginseventh day before
the election
deleted text endnew text begin day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in section
203B.31
new text end, a voter whose record indicates that an absentee ballot has been accepted must
not be permitted to cast another ballot at that election. In a state primary, general, or state
special election for federal deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, new text end statenew text begin, or countynew text end office, the auditor or clerk must also record
this information in the statewide voter registration system.

(b) The roster must be marked, and a supplemental report of absentee new text beginand early
new text endvoters who submitted a voter registration application with their ballot must be created, no
later than the start of voting on election day to indicate the voters that have already cast a
ballot at the election. The roster may be marked either:

(1) by the county auditor or municipal clerk before election day;

(2) by the ballot board before election day; or

(3) by the election judges at the polling place on election day.

The record of a voter whose absentee ballot was received after the close of business
on the seventh day before the election is not required to be marked on the roster or
contained in a supplemental report as required by this paragraph.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.121, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Opening of envelopes.

After the close of business on the deleted text beginseventh day
before the election
deleted text endnew text begin day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in
section 203B.31
new text end, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted" may be opened,
duplicated as needed in the manner provided in section 206.86, subdivision 5, initialed by
the members of the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box. If more than
one ballot is enclosed in the ballot envelope, the ballots must be returned in the manner
provided by section 204C.25 for return of spoiled ballots, and may not be counted.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 203B.121, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Storage and counting of absentee new text beginand early voting new text endballots.

(a) On a
day on which absentee new text begin or early voting new text endballots are inserted into a ballot box, two members
of the ballot board must:

(1) remove the ballots from the ballot box at the end of the day;

(2) without inspecting the ballots, ensure that the number of ballots removed from
the ballot box is equal to the number of voters new text begin who cast early votes and new text endwhose absentee
ballots were accepted that day; and

(3) seal and secure all voted and unvoted ballots present in that location at the end
of the day.

(b) After the polls have closed on election day, two members of the ballot board
must count the ballots, tabulating the vote in a manner that indicates each vote of the voter
and the total votes cast for each candidate or question. In state primary and state general
elections, the results must indicate the total votes cast for each candidate or question in
each precinct and report the vote totals tabulated for each precinct. The count must be
recorded on a summary statement in substantially the same format as provided in section
204C.26. The ballot board shall submit at least one completed summary statement to the
county auditor or municipal clerk. The county auditor or municipal clerk may require
the ballot board to submit a sufficient number of completed summary statements to
comply with the provisions of section 204C.27, or the county auditor or municipal clerk
may certify reports containing the details of the ballot board summary statement to the
recipients of the summary statements designated in section 204C.27.

In state primary and state general elections, these vote totals shall be added to the
vote totals on the summary statements of the returns for the appropriate precinct. In other
elections, these vote totals may be added to the vote totals on the summary statement of
returns for the appropriate precinct or may be reported as a separate total.

The count shall be public. No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the
close of voting on election day.

(c) In addition to the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b), if the task has not been
completed previously, the members of the ballot board must verify as soon as possible, but
no later than 24 hours after the end of the hours for voting, that voters whose absentee
ballots arrived after the rosters were marked or supplemental reports were generated
and whose ballots were accepted did not vote in person on election day. An absentee
ballot submitted by a voter who has voted in person on election day must be rejected. All
other accepted absentee ballots must be opened, duplicated if necessary, and counted by
members of the ballot board. The vote totals from these ballots must be incorporated into
the totals with the other absentee ballots and handled according to paragraph (b).

Sec. 13.

new text begin [203B.30] EARLY VOTING; APPLICABILITY.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Federal, state, and county elections. new text end

new text begin Any eligible voter may vote in
person in a federal, state, or county election prior to the date of the election, in the manner
provided in sections 203B.30 to 203B.35.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Municipal and school district elections. new text end

new text begin (a) Subject to the requirements
in paragraph (b), for municipal or school district elections not held in conjunction with a
federal, state, or county election, the municipality or school district may authorize eligible
voters to vote in the manner provided in sections 203B.30 to 203B.35 upon resolution of
the governing body of the municipality or school district. The resolution must be adopted
at least 74 days before the election. A home rule charter city may alternatively provide for
authorization pursuant to this subdivision in the city's charter.
new text end

new text begin (b) A municipality or school district may only authorize voting under sections
203B.30 to 203B.35 if the municipal or school district clerk has the technical capacity
to access the statewide voter registration system in the secure manner prescribed by the
secretary of state. The secretary of state must identify hardware, software, security,
or other technical prerequisites necessary to ensure the security, access controls, and
performance of the statewide voter registration system. The clerk must receive training
approved by the secretary of state on the use of the statewide voter registration system
before administering voting authorized under this paragraph. The clerk may not use the
statewide voter registration system until the clerk has received the required training.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [203B.31] TIME PERIOD FOR EARLY VOTING.
new text end

new text begin Early voting must be available to any eligible voter as provided in section 203B.32
for every primary, general, and special election for federal, state, or county office from 15
days before the election through 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election. All voters
in line at 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election must be allowed to vote in the
same manner as provided in section 204C.05, subdivision 2.
new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [203B.32] HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING.
new text end

new text begin Early voting must be available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on
each weekday during the time period provided in section 203B.30, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
p.m. on at least one weekday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the two Saturdays
before the election.
new text end

Sec. 16.

new text begin [203B.33] LOCATIONS FOR EARLY VOTING; POLLING PLACE
REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Locations. new text end

new text begin Early voting must be made available at: (1) a polling
place designated in the county auditor's office; (2) at the municipal clerk's office in every
municipality that has been delegated the responsibility to administer absentee voting
as provided in section 203B.05; and (3) at any other location designated by the county
auditor or municipal clerk at least 90 days before the election.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Requirements for polling places. new text end

new text begin (a) At least one voting station and one
ballot marking device for disabled voters must be made available in each polling place.
new text end

new text begin (b) The county auditor must make an electronic voting system available in each
polling place.
new text end

new text begin (c) Each polling place must have access to the statewide voter registration system in
a manner that allows election judges to enter data into the system from the polling place.
new text end

Sec. 17.

new text begin [203B.34] NOTICE TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin The county auditor must prepare a notice to the voters of the days, times, and
locations for early voting. At least 14 days before the first day for early voting, the
notice must be posted on the county's Web site and the Web site for each municipality in
the county where an early voting location is designated for the election. If a county or
municipality does not have a Web site, the county auditor or municipal clerk must publish
the notice at least once in the jurisdiction's official newspaper at least seven days and not
more than 14 days before the first day for early voting.
new text end

Sec. 18.

new text begin [203B.35] PROCEDURES FOR EARLY VOTING.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Voting procedure. new text end

new text begin (a) Before an individual is allowed to sign the
polling place roster or a voter signature certificate, an election judge must access the
statewide voter registration system to determine if the individual has cast a ballot in the
election. If the individual has already cast a ballot in the election, the voter must not be
allowed to sign the polling place roster or a voter signature certificate, and the individual
must not be given a ballot. If the individual has not already cast a ballot in the election,
the voter shall sign the polling place roster or a voter signature certificate as provided in
section 204C.10. An individual who is not registered to vote must register in the manner
provided in section 201.061, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (b) After the voter has signed the polling place roster or a voter signature certificate,
a member of the ballot board must provide a ballot to the voter. As soon as possible, after
a ballot is provided to a voter, an election judge must indicate in the statewide voter
registration system that the voter has cast a ballot in the election. Ballots must be prepared
and distributed by members of the ballot board in the manner provided in section 204C.09.
The voter must mark the ballot and deposit it in either a precinct count voting system or a
sealed ballot box. A voter may not leave the polling place with the ballot.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Processing of ballots. new text end

new text begin Ballots cast pursuant to sections 203B.30 to
203B.35 must be processed and counted by a ballot board.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 204B.28, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Election supplies; duties of county auditors and clerks.

new text begin(a) new text endExcept as
otherwise provided for absentee ballotsnew text begin in this section andnew text end in section 204B.35, subdivision
4
, the county auditor shall complete the preparation of the election materials for which
the auditor is responsible at least four days before every state primary and state general
election. At any time after all election materials are available from the county auditor
but not later than four days before the election each municipal clerk shall secure from
the county auditor:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end the forms that are required for the conduct of the election;

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end any printed voter instruction materials furnished by the secretary of state;

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end any other instructions for election officers; and

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end a sufficient quantity of the official ballots, registration files, envelopes for
ballot returns, and other supplies and materials required for each precinct in order to
comply with the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law. The county auditor may
furnish the election supplies to the municipal clerks in the same manner as the supplies are
furnished to precincts in unorganized territory pursuant to section 204B.29, subdivision 1.

new text begin (b) At least one day prior to the beginning of the early voting period, as provided in
section 203B.31, the county auditor must prepare and make available election materials
for early voting to city clerks designated to administer early voting under section 203B.05.
new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 204C.10, is amended to read:


204C.10 PERMANENT REGISTRATION; VERIFICATION OF
REGISTRATION.

(a) An individual seeking to vote shall sign a polling place roster or voter signature
certificate 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 has the right to vote because, if the individual was
convicted of a felony, the felony sentence has expired or been completed or the individual
has been discharged from the sentence, is registered and has not already voted in the
election. The rosternew text begin and voter signature certificate new text end 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) new text begin An individual voting early under section 203B.30 must sign the roster or a voter
signature certificate that meets the additional requirements of this paragraph. In addition
to the content required under paragraph (a), the roster or voter signature certificate must
also state: "I understand that after I have cast my ballot today, I cannot vote again in
this election."
new text end

new text begin (c) All of the text contained within the quotation marks in paragraphs (a) and (b)
must be in bold type on rosters or voter signature certificates provided to individuals
voting as provided in section 203B.30.
new text end

new text begin (d) new text endA judge may, before the applicant signs the roster or voter signature certificate,
confirm the applicant's name, address, and date of birth.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end After the applicant signs the roster or voter signature certificate, 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. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 206.82, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Program.

A program or programs for use in an election conducted
by means of an electronic voting system or using an electronic ballot marker shall be
prepared at the direction of the county auditor or municipal clerk who is responsible for
the conduct of the election and shall be independently verified by a competent person
designated by that official. The term "competent person" as used in this section means a
person who can demonstrate knowledge as a computer programmer and who is other than
and wholly independent of any person operating or employed by the counting center or the
corporation or other preparer of the program. A test deck prepared by a competent person
shall be used for independent verification of the program; it shall test the maximum digits
used in totaling the returns and shall be usable by insertion during the tabulation process
as well as prior to tabulation. A test deck must also be prepared using the electronic ballot
marker program and must also be used to verify that all valid votes counted by the vote
tabulator may be selected using the electronic ballot marker.new text begin The computer program for
any election and an exact duplicate of the program for use as backup must be completed
and delivered to the election jurisdiction or the county auditor in charge of a common
central counting center at least 27 days prior to the election.
new text end The secretary of state shall
adopt rules further specifying test procedures.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 206.83, is amended to read:


206.83 TESTING OF VOTING SYSTEMS.

Within deleted text begin14deleted text endnew text begin 22new text end days before election day, the official in charge of elections shall have
the voting system tested to ascertain that the system will correctly mark ballots using all
methods supported by the system, including through assistive technology, and count the
votes cast for all candidates and on all questions. Public notice of the time and place of the
test must be given at least two days in advance by publication once in official newspapers.
The test must be observed by at least two election judges, who are not of the same major
political party, and must be open to representatives of the political parties, candidates, the
press, and the public. The test must be conducted by (1) processing a preaudited group
of ballots punched or marked to record a predetermined number of valid votes for each
candidate and on each question, and must include for each office one or more ballot cards
which have votes in excess of the number allowed by law in order to test the ability of
the voting system tabulator and electronic ballot marker to reject those votes; and (2)
processing an additional test deck of ballots marked using the electronic ballot marker
for the precinct, including ballots marked using the electronic ballot display, audio ballot
reader, and any assistive voting technology used with the electronic ballot marker. If any
error is detected, the cause must be ascertained and corrected and an errorless count must
be made before the voting system may be used in the election. After the completion of
the test, the programs used and ballot cards must be sealed, retained, and disposed of as
provided for paper ballots.

Sec. 23. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2016 from the general fund to the secretary of
state to implement this act.
new text end

Sec. 24. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.
new text end

new text begin The provisions of this act related to early voting are effective when the secretary
of state has certified that:
new text end

new text begin (1) the statewide voter registration system has been tested and shown to properly
allow for the tracking of the information required to conduct early voting, and can handle
the expected volume of use; and
new text end

new text begin (2) precinct count voting equipment that can tabulate at least 30 different ballot
styles has been certified for use in this state.
new text end

new text begin Upon certification pursuant to this section, the provisions of this act related to early
voting apply to all federal, state, and county elections held on or after August 1, 2015. A
jurisdiction may implement the requirements of this act prior to the date provided in this
section if the secretary of state has made the required certifications at least 90 days prior to
the date of the election at which early voting will be used.
new text end