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SF 241

2nd Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/25/2019 03:05pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; requiring the use of reports produced by the statewide
voter registration system; appropriating money from the Help America Vote Act
account for certain authorized purposes; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section
201.022, by adding subdivisions.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.022, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Voter records updated due to voting report. new text end

new text begin Within two weeks of completion
of entering election day registrants into the statewide voter registration system pursuant to
section 201.121, subdivision 1, the county auditor must use the statewide voter registration
system to produce a report that identifies each voter whose record indicates that it was
updated due to voting. The county auditor must investigate each record that is challenged
for a reason related to eligibility to determine if the voter appears to have been ineligible
to vote. If the county auditor determines that a voter appears to have been ineligible to vote
and either registered to vote or voted in the previous election, the county auditor must notify
the law enforcement agency or the county attorney as provided in section 201.275.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.022, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Inactive voter report. new text end

new text begin The secretary of state must develop a report within the
statewide voter registration system that provides information on inactive voters who
registered on election day and were possibly ineligible. For elections on or after June 1,
2019, within two weeks of completion of entering election day registrants into the statewide
voter registration system pursuant to section 201.121, subdivision 1, the county auditor
must use the statewide voter registration system to produce the report. The county auditor
must investigate each record to determine if the voter appears to have been ineligible to
vote. If the county auditor determines that a voter appears to have been ineligible to vote
and registered to vote in the previous election, the county auditor must notify the law
enforcement agency or the county attorney as provided in section 201.275.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginSECRETARY OF STATE; HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $1,534,000 in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the account established in
Minnesota Statutes, section 5.30, pursuant to the Help America Vote Act, to the secretary
of state for the purposes of modernizing, securing, and updating the statewide voter
registration system and for cybersecurity upgrades as authorized by federal law. This is a
onetime appropriation and is available until March 23, 2023.
new text end

new text begin (b) $163,000 is transferred in fiscal year 2019 from the general fund to the Help America
Vote Act account and is credited towards the state match requirement of the Omnibus
Appropriations Act of 2018, Public Law 115-1410, and the Help America Vote Act of 2002,
Public Law 107-252, section 101.
new text end

new text begin (c) $167,000 expended by the secretary of state in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for
increasing secure access to the statewide voter registration system is deemed: (1) to be
money used for carrying out the purposes authorized under the Omnibus Appropriations
Act of 2018, Public Law 115-1410, and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law
107-252, section 101; and (2) to be credited toward any match required by those laws.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end