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SF 657

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 10:08am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; requiring voting instructions in certain languages other than
English for use in in-person absentee voting; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020,
section 203B.081, subdivision 3.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 203B.081, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Alternative procedure.

(a) The county auditor may make available a ballot
counter and ballot box for use by the voters during the seven days before the election. If a
ballot counter and ballot box is provided, a voter must be given the option either (1) to vote
using the process provided in section 203B.08, subdivision 1, or (2) to vote in the manner
provided in this subdivision.

(b) If a voter chooses to vote in the manner provided in this subdivision, the voter must
state the voter's name, address, and date of birth to the county auditor or municipal clerk.
The voter shall sign a voter's certificate, which must include the voter's name, identification
number, and the certification required by section 201.071, subdivision 1. The signature of
an individual on the voter's certificate and the issuance of a ballot to the individual is evidence
of the intent of the individual to vote at that election.

(c) After signing the voter's certificate, the voter shall be issued a ballot and immediately
retire to a voting station or other designated location in the polling place to mark the ballot.
The ballot must not be taken from the polling place. If the voter spoils the ballot, the voter
may return it to the election official in exchange for a new ballot. After completing the
ballot, the voter shall deposit the ballot into the ballot box.

(d) The election official must immediately record that the voter has voted in the manner
provided in section 203B.121, subdivision 3.

(e) The election duties required by this subdivision must be performed by the county
auditor, municipal clerk, or a deputy of the auditor or clerk.

new text begin (f) The secretary of state must prepare voting instructions in languages other than English
for use by voters casting a ballot under this subdivision. At a minimum, the instructions
must be prepared and made available in print, electronic, and audio-visual formats in the
Spanish, Hmong, and Somali languages.
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