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SF 509

1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/21/2011 11:42am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to elections; requiring voters to provide picture identification before
receiving a ballot in most situations; providing for the issuance of voter
identification cards at no charge; establishing a procedure for provisional
balloting; creating challenged voter eligibility list; specifying other election
administration procedures; allowing use of electronic polling place rosters;
setting standards for use of electronic polling place rosters; creating legislative
task force on electronic roster implementation; enacting procedures related to
recounts; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections
5B.06; 13.69, subdivision 1; 135A.17, subdivision 2; 171.07, subdivisions
4, 9, by adding a subdivision; 200.02, by adding a subdivision; 201.021;
201.022, subdivision 1; 201.061, subdivisions 3, 4, 7; 201.071, subdivision 3;
201.081; 201.121, subdivisions 1, 3; 201.171; 201.221, subdivision 3; 203B.04,
subdivisions 1, 2; 203B.06, subdivision 5; 203B.121, subdivision 1; 204B.14,
subdivision 2; 204B.40; 204C.10; 204C.12, subdivisions 3, 4; 204C.14; 204C.20,
subdivisions 1, 2, 4, by adding a subdivision; 204C.23; 204C.24, subdivision 1;
204C.32; 204C.33, subdivision 1; 204C.37; 204C.38; 204D.24, subdivision
2; 205.065, subdivision 5; 205.185, subdivision 3; 205A.03, subdivision
4; 205A.10, subdivision 3; 206.86, subdivisions 1, 2; 209.021, subdivision
1; 209.06, subdivision 1; 211B.11, subdivision 1; 611A.32, subdivision 3;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 200; 201; 204C;
proposing coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, chapters 204E; 206A;
repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 203B.04, subdivision 3; 204C.34;
204C.35; 204C.36; 204C.361.

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

ARTICLE 1

VOTER REGISTRATION, PHOTO IDENTIFICATION, AND
PROVISIONAL BALLOTING

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 13.69, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Classifications.

(a) The following government data of the
Department of Public Safety are private data:

(1) medical data on driving instructors, licensed drivers, and applicants for parking
certificates and special license plates issued to physically disabled persons;

(2) other data on holders of a disability certificate under section 169.345, except that
data that are not medical data may be released to law enforcement agencies;

(3) Social Security numbers in driver's license and motor vehicle registration
records, except that Social Security numbers must be provided to the Department of
Revenue for purposes of tax administration, the Department of Labor and Industry for
purposes of workers' compensation administration and enforcement, and the Department
of Natural Resources for purposes of license application administration; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) data on persons listed as standby or temporary custodians under section 171.07,
subdivision 11
, except that the data must be released to:

(i) law enforcement agencies for the purpose of verifying that an individual is a
designated caregiver; or

(ii) law enforcement agencies who state that the license holder is unable to
communicate at that time and that the information is necessary for notifying the designated
caregiver of the need to care for a child of the license holdernew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) data on applicants for a Minnesota voter identification card under section 171.07,
subdivision 3b, except that the data may be released to a government entity or a court
for purposes of carrying out its functions
new text end.

The department may release the Social Security number only as provided in clause
(3) and must not sell or otherwise provide individual Social Security numbers or lists of
Social Security numbers for any other purpose.

(b) The following government data of the Department of Public Safety are
confidential data: data concerning an individual's driving ability when that data is received
from a member of the individual's family.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.07, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3b. new text end

new text begin Voter identification cards. new text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Public Safety shall
provide a Minnesota voter identification card to any applicant who is eligible to vote
in Minnesota and who does not possess a valid Minnesota driver's license or state
identification card. The department may not require the applicant to pay a fee for issuance
of a card. A state-subsidized voter identification card may only be applied for at a
driver's licensing facility operated by the Division of Driver and Vehicle Services. Upon
application for a state-subsidized voter identification card, including upon application
for a renewal, duplicate card, or when a new card is required as a result of a change of
address, an applicant must present verification that the applicant is at least 18 years of
age, is a citizen of the United States, and will have maintained residence in Minnesota for
at least 20 days immediately preceding the next election.
new text end

new text begin (b) A voter identification card must bear a distinguishing number assigned to the
applicant; a colored photograph or an electronically produced image of the applicant; the
applicant's full name and date of birth; the applicant's address of residence; a description
of the applicant in the manner as the commissioner deems necessary; and the usual
signature of the applicant.
new text end

new text begin (c) A voter identification card shall not be valid identification for purposes unrelated
to voting in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (d) A voter identification card must be of a different color scheme than a Minnesota
driver's license or state identification card, but must incorporate the same information and
security features as provided in subdivision 9.
new text end

new text begin (e) Each voter identification card must be plainly marked: "Voter Identification ?
Not a driver's license. Valid Identification Only for Voting."
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.07, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Expiration.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision,
the expiration date of Minnesota identification cards new text beginand voter identification cards new text endof
applicants under the age of 65 shall be the birthday of the applicant in the fourth year
following the date of issuance of the card.

(b) Minnesota identification cardsnew text begin and voter identification cardsnew text end issued to applicants
age 65 or over shall be valid for the lifetime of the applicant.

(c) The expiration date for an Under-21 identification card is the cardholder's 21st
birthday. The commissioner shall issue an identification card to a holder of an Under-21
identification card who applies for the card, pays the required fee, and presents proof of
identity and age, unless the commissioner determines that the applicant is not qualified
for the identification card.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.07, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Improved security.

deleted text beginThe commissioner shall develop newdeleted text end Drivers'
licensesnew text begin,new text end deleted text beginanddeleted text end identification cards, deleted text beginto be issued beginning January 1, 1994, thatdeleted text endnew text begin and voter
identification cards
new text end must be as impervious to alteration as is reasonably practicable in their
design and quality of material and technology. The driver's license security laminate
shall be made from materials not readily available to the general public. The design and
technology employed must enable the driver's license and identification card to be subject
to two or more methods of visual verification capable of clearly indicating the presence
of tampering or counterfeiting. The driver's license and identification card must not be
susceptible to reproduction by photocopying or simulation and must be highly resistant
to data or photograph substitution and other tampering.

Sec. 5.

new text begin [200.035] DOCUMENTATION OF IDENTITY AND RESIDENCE.
new text end

new text begin (a) The following are sufficient proof of identity and residence for purposes of
election day voter registration under section 201.061, subdivision 3, and for determining
whether to count a provisional ballot under section 204C.135, subdivision 2:
new text end

new text begin (1) a current, valid driver's license, state identification card, or voter identification
card issued to the voter by the Department of Public Safety that contains the voter's current
address of residence in the precinct;
new text end

new text begin (2) an identification card issued to the voter by the tribal government of a tribe
recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that contains a photograph of the voter, the
voter's current address of residence in the precinct, and any other items of data required to
be contained on a Minnesota identification card, as provided in section 171.07, subdivision
3, paragraphs (a) and (b);
new text end

new text begin (3) an original receipt for a new, renewed, or updated driver's license, state
identification card, or voter identification card issued to the voter under section 171.07
that contains the voter's current address of residence in the precinct along with one of the
following documents, provided that it contains a photograph of the voter:
new text end

new text begin (i) a driver's license or identification card that is expired, invalidated, or does
not contain the voter's current address of residence, issued to the voter by the state of
Minnesota or any other state or territory of the United States;
new text end

new text begin (ii) a United States passport, issued to the voter;
new text end

new text begin (iii) an identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, entity, or
subdivision of Minnesota or the federal government;
new text end

new text begin (iv) an identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution with
a campus located within Minnesota, if a list of students from that institution has been
prepared under section 135A.17 and certified to the county auditor in the manner provided
in rules of the secretary of state; or
new text end

new text begin (v) an identification card issued to the voter by the tribal government of a tribe
recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
new text end

new text begin (4) if the voter is a student, a driver's license or identification card issued by
Minnesota or any other state or territory of the United States that does not contain
the voter's current address of residence, along with a current student fee statement that
contains the student's valid address of residence in the precinct; or
new text end

new text begin (5) if the voter resides in a residential facility located in the precinct, having an
individual who is an administrator or designee employed by and working in the facility
sign an oath in the presence of the election judge vouching that the administrator or
designee personally knows the individual's identity and that the individual is a resident of
the precinct. The oath must be made on a form prescribed by the secretary of state that
contains a space for the administrator's or designee's printed name, signature, telephone
number, and employment address.
new text end

new text begin (b) A "residential facility" means transitional housing as defined in section 256E.33,
subdivision 1; a supervised living facility licensed by the commissioner of health under
section 144.50, subdivision 6; a nursing home as defined in section 144A.01, subdivision
5; a residence registered with the commissioner of health as a housing with services
establishment as defined in section 144D.01, subdivision 4; a veterans home operated
by the commissioner of veterans affairs under chapter 198; a residence licensed by the
commissioner of human services to provide a residential program as defined in section
245A.02, subdivision 14; a residential facility for persons with a developmental disability
licensed by the commissioner of human services under section 252.28; group residential
housing as defined in section 256I.03, subdivision 3; a shelter for battered women
as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4; or a supervised publicly or privately
operated shelter or dwelling designed to provide temporary living accommodations for
the homeless.
new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [201.017] STATE-SUBSIDIZED VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD
ACCOUNT.
new text end

new text begin A state-subsidized voter identification card account is established in the special
revenue fund. Money in the account shall be appropriated by law to the Department of
Public Safety for purposes of providing state-subsidized voter identification cards to
individuals qualifying under section 171.07, subdivision 3b, provided that the department
may not be reimbursed more than $... for each card issued. The commissioner of public
safety must report to the legislature at least monthly by county on expenditure of funds
from this account. A report of the total expenditures by county must be submitted to the
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over elections by January 31 of
each year.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.061, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Election day registration.

(a) An individual who is eligible to vote may
register on election day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in
which the individual maintains residence, by completing a registration application, making
an oath in the form prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof ofnew text begin identity andnew text end
residence. An individual may provenew text begin identity andnew text end residence for purposes of registering bydeleted text begin:deleted text endnew text begin
presenting documentation as permitted by section 200.035.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) presenting a driver's license or Minnesota identification card issued pursuant
to section 171.07;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) presenting any document approved by the secretary of state as proper
identification;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) presenting one of the following:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (i) a current valid student identification card from a postsecondary educational
institution in Minnesota, if a list of students from that institution has been prepared under
section 135A.17 and certified to the county auditor in the manner provided in rules of
the secretary of state; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (ii) a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the
precinct together with a picture identification card; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) having a voter who is registered to vote in the precinct, or who is an employee
employed by and working in a residential facility in the precinct and vouching for a
resident in the facility, sign an oath in the presence of the election judge vouching that the
voter or employee personally knows that the individual is a resident of the precinct. A
voter who has been vouched for on election day may not sign a proof of residence oath
vouching for any other individual on that election day. A voter who is registered to vote in
the precinct may sign up to 15 proof-of-residence oaths on any election day. This limitation
does not apply to an employee of a residential facility described in this clause. The
secretary of state shall provide a form for election judges to use in recording the number
of individuals for whom a voter signs proof-of-residence oaths on election day. The
form must include space for the maximum number of individuals for whom a voter may
sign proof-of-residence oaths. For each proof-of-residence oath, the form must include
a statement that the voter is registered to vote in the precinct, personally knows that the
individual is a resident of the precinct, and is making the statement on oath. The form must
include a space for the voter's printed name, signature, telephone number, and address.
deleted text end

deleted text begin The oath required by this subdivision and Minnesota Rules, part 8200.9939, must be
attached to the voter registration application.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) The operator of a residential facility shall prepare a list of the names of its
employees currently working in the residential facility and the address of the residential
facility. The operator shall certify the list and provide it to the appropriate county auditor
no less than 20 days before each election for use in election day registration.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) "Residential facility" means transitional housing as defined in section 256E.33,
subdivision 1
; a supervised living facility licensed by the commissioner of health under
section 144.50, subdivision 6; a nursing home as defined in section 144A.01, subdivision
5
; a residence registered with the commissioner of health as a housing with services
establishment as defined in section 144D.01, subdivision 4; a veterans home operated by
the board of directors of the Minnesota Veterans Homes under chapter 198; a residence
licensed by the commissioner of human services to provide a residential program as
defined in section 245A.02, subdivision 14; a residential facility for persons with a
developmental disability licensed by the commissioner of human services under section
252.28; group residential housing as defined in section 256I.03, subdivision 3; a shelter
for battered women as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4; or a supervised
publicly or privately operated shelter or dwelling designed to provide temporary living
accommodations for the homeless.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) For tribal band members, an individual may prove residence for purposes of
registering by:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) presenting an identification card issued by the tribal government of a tribe
recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, that
contains the name, address, signature, and picture of the individual; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) presenting an identification card issued by the tribal government of a tribe
recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, that
contains the name, signature, and picture of the individual and also presenting one of the
documents listed in Minnesota Rules, part 8200.5100, subpart 2, item B.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (b)new text end A county, school district, or municipality deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end require that an election
judge responsible for election day registration deleted text begininitialdeleted text endnew text begin signnew text end each completed registration
application.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.221, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Procedures for polling place rosters.

The secretary of state shall
prescribe the form of polling place rosters that include the voter's name, address, date of
birth, school district number, and space for the voter's signature. new text beginThe address listed on
the polling place roster must be the voter's address of residence, unless the voter has
requested that the address printed on the roster be the voter's mailing address because
the voter is a judge, or a law enforcement or corrections officer.
new text endThe secretary of state
may prescribe additional election-related information to be placed on the polling place
rosters on an experimental basis for one state primary and general election cycle; the same
information may not be placed on the polling place roster for a second state primary and
general election cycle unless specified in this subdivision. The polling place roster must
be used to indicate whether the voter has voted in a given election. The secretary of state
shall prescribe procedures for transporting the polling place rosters to the election judges
for use on election day. The secretary of state shall prescribe the form for a county or
municipality to request the date of birth from currently registered voters. The county or
municipality shall not request the date of birth from currently registered voters by any
communication other than the prescribed form and the form must clearly indicate that a
currently registered voter does not lose registration status by failing to provide the date of
birth. In accordance with section 204B.40, the county auditor shall retain the prescribed
polling place rosters used on the date of election for 22 months following the election.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.10, is amended to read:


204C.10 PERMANENT REGISTRATION; VERIFICATION OF
REGISTRATION.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Polling place roster. new text end

(a) An individual seeking to vote shall sign a
polling place roster 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 roster 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) deleted text beginA judge may,deleted text end Before the applicant signs the roster, new text begina judge must: (1) require the
voter to present a photo identification document, as described in subdivision 2; and (2)
new text endconfirm the applicant's name, address, and date of birth.new text begin A voter who cannot produce
sufficient identification as required by subdivision 2 may not sign the polling place roster,
but may cast a provisional ballot, as provided in section 204C.135.
new text end

(c) After the applicant signs the roster, 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 deleted text beginduring the time for notice of filing an election contestdeleted text endnew text begin
for 36 months following the date of the election
new text end.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Photo identification. new text end

new text begin (a) To satisfy the photo identification requirement
in subdivision 1, a voter must present a valid form of one of the following documents
or sets of documents, issued to the voter:
new text end

new text begin (1) a Minnesota driver's license, state identification card, or voter identification card
issued under section 171.07 that contains the voter's current address of residence in the
precinct;
new text end

new text begin (2)(i) an original receipt for a new, renewed, or updated driver's license, state
identification card, or voter identification card issued to the voter under section 171.07 that
contains the voter's current address of residence in the precinct; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) a driver's license or identification card that is expired, invalidated, or does not
contain the voter's current address of residence in the precinct, issued to the voter by the
state of Minnesota or any other state or territory of the United States;
new text end

new text begin (3) an identification card issued by the tribal government of a tribe recognized
by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that contains a photograph of the voter, the voter's
current address of residence in the precinct, and any other items of data required to be
contained on a Minnesota identification card, as provided in section 171.07, subdivision 3,
paragraphs (a) and (b); or
new text end

new text begin (4) if the voter resides in a shelter facility designated for battered women, as defined
in section 611A.37, subdivision 4, a driver's license or identification card issued to the
voter by the Department of Public Safety that contains the voter's photograph and address
of residence prior to seeking the services of the shelter facility, along with a certification
of residence in the facility, signed by the facility's administrator on a form prescribed
by the secretary of state.
new text end

new text begin (b) An identification card presented under this section is not deficient for a lack of
the voter's current address of residence in the precinct if the identification card contains the
mailing address of the voter and that matches the address listed on the polling place roster.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.12, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Determination of residence.

In determining the legal residence of a
challenged individual, the election judges shall be governed by the principles contained in
section 200.031. If the challenged individual's answers to the questions show ineligibility
to vote in that precinct, the individual shall not be allowed to vote. If the individual has
marked ballots but not yet deposited them in the ballot boxes before the election judges
determine ineligibility to vote in that precinct, the marked ballots shall be placed deleted text beginunopeneddeleted text end
with the spoiled ballots. If the answers to the questions fail to show that the individual is
not eligible to vote in that precinct and the challenge is not withdrawn, the election judges
shall deleted text beginverbally administer the oath on the voter certificate to the individual. After taking the
oath and completing and signing the voter certificate, the challenged individual shall be
allowed to vote
deleted text endnew text begin permit the voter to cast a provisional ballot, in the manner provided in
section 204C.135
new text end.

Sec. 11.

new text begin [204C.135] PROVISIONAL BALLOTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Casting of provisional ballots. new text end

new text begin (a) The following voters seeking to
vote are entitled to cast a provisional ballot in the manner provided by this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) a voter who is unable to provide proper photo identification as required by
section 204C.10;
new text end

new text begin (2) a voter whose registration status is listed as "challenged" on the polling place
roster; and
new text end

new text begin (3) a voter whose eligibility to vote is challenged as permitted by section 204C.12.
new text end

new text begin (b) A voter seeking to vote a provisional ballot must sign a provisional ballot roster
and complete a provisional ballot envelope. The envelope must contain a space for the
voter to list the voter's name, address of residence, date of birth, voter identification
number, and any other information prescribed by the secretary of state. The voter must
also swear or affirm, in writing, that the voter is eligible to vote, has not voted previously
in the same election, and meets the criteria for registering to vote in the precinct in which
the voter appears.
new text end

new text begin Once the voter has completed the provisional ballot envelope, the voter must be
allowed to cast a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot must be in the same form
as the official ballot available in the precinct on election day. A completed provisional
ballot shall be sealed in a secrecy envelope. The secrecy envelope shall be sealed inside
the voter's provisional ballot envelope and deposited by the voter in a secure, sealed
provisional ballot box. Completed provisional ballots may not be combined with other
voted ballots in the polling place.
new text end

new text begin (c) The form of the secrecy and provisional ballot envelopes shall be prescribed by
the secretary of state. The provisional ballot envelope must be a color other than that
provided for absentee ballot envelopes and must be prominently labeled "Provisional
Ballot Envelope."
new text end

new text begin (d) Provisional ballots and related documentation shall be delivered to and securely
maintained by the county auditor or municipal clerk in the same manner as required for
other election materials under sections 204C.27 to 204C.28.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Counting provisional ballots. new text end

new text begin (a) A voter who casts a provisional ballot in
the polling place may personally appear before the county auditor or municipal clerk no
later than seven calendar days following the election to prove that the voter's provisional
ballot should be counted. The county auditor or municipal clerk must count a provisional
ballot in the final certified results from the precinct if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the statewide voter registration system indicates that the voter is eligible to vote
or, if challenged, the voter presents evidence of the voter's eligibility to vote; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the voter presents proof of identity and residence in the precinct in the manner
permitted by section 200.035.
new text end

new text begin (b) If a voter does not appear before the county auditor or municipal clerk within
seven calendar days following the election or otherwise does not satisfy the requirements
of paragraph (a), or if the data listed on the items of identification presented by the voter
does not match the data submitted by the voter on the provisional ballot envelope, the
voter's provisional ballot must not be counted.
new text end

new text begin (c) The county auditor or municipal clerk must notify, in writing, any provisional
voter who does not appear within seven calendar days of the election that the voter's
provisional ballot was not counted because of the voter's failure to appear before the
county auditor or municipal clerk within the time permitted by law to determine whether
the provisional ballot should be counted.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Provisional ballots; reconciliation. new text end

new text begin Prior to counting any provisional
ballots in the final vote totals from a precinct, the county auditor must verify that the
number of signatures appearing on the provisional ballot roster from that precinct is equal
to or greater than the number of accepted provisional ballots submitted by voters in the
precinct on election day. Any discrepancy must be resolved before the provisional ballots
from the precinct may be counted. Excess provisional ballots to be counted must be
randomly withdrawn in the manner required by section 204C.20, subdivision 2, after the
period for a voter to appear to prove residence and identity has expired and the ballots to
be counted have been separated from the provisional ballot envelopes.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.14, is amended to read:


204C.14 UNLAWFUL VOTING; PENALTY.

No individual shall intentionally:

(a) misrepresent the individual's identity in applying for a ballot, depositing a ballot
in a ballot boxnew text begin, requesting a provisional ballot or requesting that a provisional ballot be
counted,
new text end or attempting to vote by means of a voting machine or electronic voting system;

(b) vote more than once at the same election;

(c) put a ballot in a ballot box for any illegal purpose;

(d) give more than one ballot of the same kind and color to an election judge to
be placed in a ballot box;

(e) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to go into any precinct for the purpose
of voting in that precinct, knowing that the other individual is not eligible to vote in
that precinct; or

(f) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to do any act in violation of this section.

A violation of this section is a felony.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.32, is amended to read:


204C.32 CANVASS OF STATE PRIMARIES.

Subdivision 1.

County canvass.

The county canvassing board shall meet at the
county auditor's office on the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end day following the state primary. After taking the
oath of office, the canvassing board shall publicly canvass the election returns delivered
to the county auditor. The board shall complete the canvass on the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end day
following the state primary and shall promptly prepare and file with the county auditor
a report that states:

(a) the number of individuals voting at the election in the county, and in each
precinct;

(b) the number of individuals registering to vote on election day and the number of
individuals registered before election day in each precinct;

(c) for each major political party, the names of the candidates running for each
partisan office and the number of votes received by each candidate in the county and in
each precinct;

(d) the names of the candidates of each major political party who are nominated; and

(e) the number of votes received by each of the candidates for nonpartisan office in
each precinct in the county and the names of the candidates nominated for nonpartisan
office.

Upon completion of the canvass, the county auditor shall mail or deliver a notice of
nomination to each nominee for county office voted for only in that county. The county
auditor shall transmit one of the certified copies of the county canvassing board report
for state and federal offices to the secretary of state by express mail or similar service
immediately upon conclusion of the county canvass. The secretary of state shall mail a
notice of nomination to each nominee for state or federal office.

Subd. 2.

State canvass.

The State Canvassing Board shall meet at the Secretary of
State's Office deleted text beginsevendeleted text endnew text begin 14new text end days after the state primary to canvass the certified copies of the
county canvassing board reports received from the county auditors. Immediately after
the canvassing board declares the results, the secretary of state shall certify the names of
the nominees to the county auditors. The secretary of state shall mail to each nominee
a notice of nomination.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.33, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

County canvass.

The county canvassing board shall meet at the
county auditor's office between the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end and deleted text begintenthdeleted text endnew text begin 14thnew text end days following the state
general election. After taking the oath of office, the board shall promptly and publicly
canvass the general election returns delivered to the county auditor. Upon completion of
the canvass, the board shall promptly prepare and file with the county auditor a report
which states:

(a) the number of individuals voting at the election in the county and in each precinct;

(b) the number of individuals registering to vote on election day and the number of
individuals registered before election day in each precinct;

(c) the names of the candidates for each office and the number of votes received by
each candidate in the county and in each precinct;

(d) the number of votes counted for and against a proposed change of county lines
or county seat; and

(e) the number of votes counted for and against a constitutional amendment or other
question in the county and in each precinct.

The result of write-in votes cast on the general election ballots must be compiled by
the county auditor before the county canvass, except that write-in votes for a candidate for
federal, state, or county office must not be counted unless the candidate has timely filed a
request under section 204B.09, subdivision 3. The county auditor shall arrange for each
municipality to provide an adequate number of election judges to perform this duty or the
county auditor may appoint additional election judges for this purpose. The county auditor
may open the envelopes or containers in which the voted ballots have been sealed in order
to count and record the write-in votes and must reseal the voted ballots at the conclusion
of this process. The county auditor must prepare a separate report of votes received by
precinct for write-in candidates for federal, state, and county offices who have requested
under section 204B.09 that votes for those candidates be tallied.

Upon completion of the canvass, the county canvassing board shall declare the
candidate duly elected who received the highest number of votes for each county and state
office voted for only within the county. The county auditor shall transmit a certified
copy of the county canvassing board report for state and federal offices to the secretary
of state by messenger, express mail, or similar service immediately upon conclusion of
the county canvass.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.37, is amended to read:


204C.37 COUNTY CANVASS; RETURN OF REPORTS TO SECRETARY OF
STATE.

A copy of the report required by sections 204C.32, subdivision 1, and 204C.33,
subdivision 1
, shall be certified under the official seal of the county auditor. The copy shall
be enclosed in an envelope addressed to the secretary of state, with the county auditor's
name and official address and the words "Election Returns" endorsed on the envelope.
The copy of the canvassing board report and the precinct summary statements must be
sent by express mail or delivered to the secretary of state. If the copy is not received by
the secretary of state within ten days following deleted text beginthe applicable electiondeleted text endnew text begin a primary election,
or within 16 days following a general election
new text end, the secretary of state shall immediately
notify the county auditor, who shall deliver another copy to the secretary of state by
special messenger.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 205.065, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Results.

The municipal primary shall be conducted and the returns made in
the manner provided for the state primary so far as practicable. On the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end day
after the primary, the governing body of the municipality shall canvass the returns, and the
two candidates for each office who receive the highest number of votes, or a number of
candidates equal to twice the number of individuals to be elected to the office, who receive
the highest number of votes, shall be the nominees for the office named. Their names shall
be certified to the municipal clerk who shall place them on the municipal general election
ballot without partisan designation and without payment of an additional fee.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 205.185, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Canvass of returns, certificate of election, ballots, disposition.

(a)
Between the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end and deleted text begintenthdeleted text endnew text begin 14thnew text end days after an election, the governing body of a
city conducting any election including a special municipal election, or the governing body
of a town conducting the general election in November shall act as the canvassing board,
canvass the returns, and declare the results of the election. The governing body of a town
conducting the general election in March shall act as the canvassing board, canvass the
returns, and declare the results of the election within deleted text begintwodeleted text endnew text begin tennew text end days after an election.

(b) After the time for contesting elections has passed, the municipal clerk shall issue a
certificate of election to each successful candidate. In case of a contest, the certificate shall
not be issued until the outcome of the contest has been determined by the proper court.

(c) In case of a tie vote, the canvassing board having jurisdiction over the
municipality shall determine the result by lot. The clerk of the canvassing board shall
certify the results of the election to the county auditor, and the clerk shall be the final
custodian of the ballots and the returns of the election.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 205A.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Results.

The school district primary must be conducted and the returns
made in the manner provided for the state primary as far as practicable. On the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end
day after the primary, the school board of the school district shall canvass the returns,
and the two candidates for each specified school board position who receive the highest
number of votes, or a number of candidates equal to twice the number of individuals to be
elected to at-large school board positions who receive the highest number of votes, are
the nominees for the office named. Their names must be certified to the school district
clerk who shall place them on the school district general election ballot without partisan
designation and without payment of an additional fee.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 205A.10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Canvass of returns, certificate of election, ballots, disposition.

Between
the deleted text beginthirddeleted text endnew text begin eighthnew text end and deleted text begintenthdeleted text endnew text begin 14thnew text end days after a school district election other than a recount of a
special election conducted under section 126C.17, subdivision 9, or 475.59, the school
board shall canvass the returns and declare the results of the election. After the time for
contesting elections has passed, the school district clerk shall issue a certificate of election
to each successful candidate. If there is a contest, the certificate of election to that office
must not be issued until the outcome of the contest has been determined by the proper
court. If there is a tie vote, the school board shall determine the result by lot. The clerk
shall deliver the certificate of election to the successful candidate by personal service or
certified mail. The successful candidate shall file an acceptance and oath of office in
writing with the clerk within 30 days of the date of mailing or personal service. A person
who fails to qualify prior to the time specified shall be deemed to have refused to serve,
but that filing may be made at any time before action to fill the vacancy has been taken.
The school district clerk shall certify the results of the election to the county auditor, and
the clerk shall be the final custodian of the ballots and the returns of the election.

A school district canvassing board shall perform the duties of the school board
according to the requirements of this subdivision for a recount of a special election
conducted under section 126C.17, subdivision 9, or 475.59.

Sec. 20. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 to the state-subsidized
identification card account for purposes of providing state-subsidized identification cards
to individuals qualifying under Minnesota Statutes, section 171.07, subdivision 3b.
new text end

Sec. 21. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This article is effective June 1, 2012, and applies to elections held on or after that
date.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

ELECTION ADMINISTRATION AND INTEGRITY

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 5B.06, is amended to read:


5B.06 VOTING BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANT; ABSENTEE BALLOT.

new text begin (a) new text endA program participant who is otherwise eligible to vote may register with the
secretary of state as an ongoing absentee voter. The secretary of state shall determine the
precinct in which the residential address of the program participant is located and shall
request from and receive from the county auditor or other election official the ballot for
that precinct and shall forward the absentee ballot to the program participant with the other
materials for absentee balloting as required by Minnesota law. The program participant
shall complete the ballot and return it to the secretary of state, who shall review the ballot
in the manner provided by section 203B.24. If the ballot and ballot materials comply with
the requirements of that section, the ballot must be certified by the secretary of state as
the ballot of a program participant, and must be forwarded to the appropriate electoral
jurisdiction for tabulation along with all other ballots. The name and address of a program
participant must not be listed in the statewide voter registration system.

new text begin (b) The secretary of state shall provide information on options for program
participants to vote, including casting a ballot as permitted by this section, to all newly
certified program participants and on the secretary of state's Web site.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 135A.17, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Residential housing list.

All postsecondary institutions that enroll students
accepting state or federal financial aid may prepare a current list of students enrolled in the
institution and residing in the institution's housing or within ten miles of the institution's
campus. The list shall include each student's current address. The list shall be certified and
sent to the appropriate county auditor or auditorsnew text begin, in an electronic format approved by the
secretary of state,
new text end for use in election day registration as provided under section 201.061,
subdivision 3
. A residential housing list provided under this subdivision may not be used
or disseminated by a county auditor or the secretary of state for any other purpose.

Sec. 3.

new text begin [200.05] RULES; LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL REQUIRED.
new text end

new text begin Any administrative rule authorized by the Minnesota Election Law and promulgated
by the secretary of state shall not take effect until the rule has been enacted into law by the
legislature and approved by the governor.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment,
and applies to rules adopted on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.021, is amended to read:


201.021 PERMANENT REGISTRATION SYSTEM.

A permanent system of voter registration by county is established, with a single,
official, centralized, interactive computerized statewide voter registration list defined,
maintained, and administered at the state level that contains the name and registration
information of every legally registered voter in the state, and assigns a unique identifier
to each legally registered voter in the state. new text beginThe unique identifier shall be permanently
assigned to the voter and may not be changed or reassigned to another voter.
new text endThe
interactive computerized statewide voter registration list constitutes the official list of every
legally registered voter in the state. The county auditor shall be chief registrar of voters
and the chief custodian of the official registration records in each county. The secretary of
state is responsible for defining, maintaining, and administering the centralized system.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, 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 uniquenew text begin, permanentnew text end 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.16new text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (15) provide reports on individuals who are not registered and believed to be
ineligible to vote, to the extent permitted by federal law
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. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.061, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Registration by election judges; procedures.

Registration at the polling
place on election day shall be conducted by the election judges. Before registering an
individual to vote at the polling place, the election judge must review any list of absentee
election day registrants provided by the county auditor or municipal clerk to see if the
person has already voted by absentee ballot. If the person's name appears on the list, the
election judge must not allow the individual to register or to vote in the polling place. new text beginThe
election judges shall also review the list of individuals believed to be ineligible to vote
using the electronic roster, or a paper list provided by the county auditor or municipal clerk.
new text endThe election judge who registers an individual at the polling place on election day shall not
handle that voter's ballots at any time prior to the opening of the ballot box after the voting
ends. Registration applications and forms for oaths shall be available at each polling place.
If an individual who registers on election day proves residence by oath of a registered
voter, the form containing the oath shall be attached to the individual's registration
application. Registration applications completed on election day shall be forwarded to the
county auditor who shall add the name of each voter to the registration system unless the
information forwarded is substantially deficient. A county auditor who finds an election
day registration substantially deficient shall give written notice to the individual whose
registration is found deficient. An election day registration shall not be found deficient
solely because the individual who provided proof of residence was ineligible to do so.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.061, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Record of attempted registrations.

The election judge responsible for
election day registration shall deleted text beginattempt todeleted text end keep a record of the number of individuals who
attempt to register on election day but who cannot provide proof of residence as required
by this section. The record shall be forwarded to the county auditor with the election
returns for that precinct.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.071, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Deficient registration.

No voter registration application is deficient if it
contains the voter's name, address, date of birth, current and valid Minnesota driver's
license number or Minnesota state identification number, or if the voter has no current and
valid Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota state identification number, the last four
digits of the voter's Social Security number, if the voter has been issued a Social Security
number, prior registration, if any, and signature. The absence of a zip code number does
not cause the registration to be deficient. deleted text beginFailure to check a box on an application form
that a voter has certified to be true does not cause the registration to be deficient.
deleted text end The
election judges shall request an individual to correct a voter registration application if it is
deficient or illegible. No eligible voter may be prevented from voting unless the voter's
registration application is deficient or the voter is duly and successfully challenged in
accordance with section 201.195 or 204C.12.

A voter registration application accepted prior to August 1, 1983, is not deficient for
lack of date of birth. The county or municipality deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end attempt to obtain the date of
birth for a voter registration application accepted prior to August 1, 1983, by a request to
the voter deleted text beginat any time except at the polling place. Failure by the voter to comply with this
request does not make the registration deficient
deleted text end.

A voter registration application accepted before January 1, 2004, is not deficient for
lack of a valid Minnesota driver's license or state identification number or the last four
digits of a Social Security number. A voter registration application submitted by a voter
who does not have a Minnesota driver's license or state identification number, or a Social
Security number, is not deficient for lack of any of these numbers.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.081, is amended to read:


201.081 REGISTRATION FILES.

The statewide registration system is the official record of registered voters. The voter
registration applications and the terminal providing access to the statewide registration
system must be under the control of the county auditor or the public official to whom the
county auditor has delegated the responsibility for maintaining voter registration records.
The voter registration applications and terminals providing access to the statewide
registration system must not be removed from the control of the county auditor except
as provided in this section. The county auditor may make photographic copies of voter
registration applications in the manner provided by section 138.17.

A properly completed voter registration application that has been submitted to the
secretary of state or a county auditor must be maintained by the secretary of state or
the county auditor for at least deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months after the date that the information on the
application is entered into the database of the statewide registration system. The secretary
of state or the county auditor may dispose of the applications after retention for deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end
months in the manner provided by section 138.17.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.121, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Entry of registration information.

(a) At the time a voter
registration application is properly completed, submitted, and received in accordance with
sections 201.061 and 201.071, the county auditor shall enter the information contained on
it into the statewide registration system. Voter registration applications completed before
election day must be entered into the statewide registration system within ten days after
they have been submitted to the county auditor. Voter registration applications completed
on election day must be entered into the statewide registration system within 42 days after
the electiondeleted text begin, unless the county auditor notifies the secretary of state before the 42-day
deadline has expired that the deadline will not be met
deleted text end.

(b) Upon receiving a completed voter registration application, the secretary of state
may electronically transmit the information on the application to the appropriate county
auditor as soon as possible for review by the county auditor before final entry into the
statewide registration system. The secretary of state may mail the voter registration
application to the county auditor.

(c) Within ten days after the county auditor has entered information from a voter
registration application into the statewide registration system, the secretary of state shall
compare the voter's name, date of birth, and driver's license number, state identification
number, or the last four digits of the Social Security number with the same information
contained in the Department of Public Safety database.

(d) The secretary of state shall provide a report to the county auditor on a weekly
basis that includes a list of voters whose name, date of birth, or identification number have
been compared with the same information in the Department of Public Safety database
and cannot be verified as provided in this subdivision. The report must list separately
those voters who have submitted a voter registration application by mail and have not
voted in a federal election in this state.

(e) The county auditor shall compile a list of voters for whom the county auditor
and the secretary of state are unable to conclude that information on the voter registration
application and the corresponding information in the Department of Public Safety database
relate to the same person.

(f) The county auditor shall send a notice of incomplete registration to any voter
whose name appears on the list and change the voter's status to "incomplete." A voter who
receives a notice of incomplete registration from the county auditor may either provide
the information required to complete the registration at least 21 days before the next
election or at the polling place on election day.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.121, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Postelection sampling.

Within ten days after an election, the county
auditor shall send the notice required by subdivision 2 to a random sampling of the
individuals registered on election day. The random sampling shall be determined in
accordance with the rules of the secretary of state. As soon as practicable after the
election,new text begin but no later than January 1 of the following year,new text end the county auditor shall mail
the notice required by subdivision 2 to all other individuals registered on election day.
If a notice is returned as not deliverable, the county auditor shall attempt to determine
the reason for the return. A county auditor who does not receive or obtain satisfactory
proof of an individual's eligibility to vote shall immediately notify the county attorney of
all of the relevant information and the secretary of state of the numbers by precinct. By
March 1 of every odd-numbered year, the secretary of state shall report to the chair and
ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over elections
the number of notices reported under this subdivision to the secretary of state for the
previous state general election by county and precinct.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.171, is amended to read:


201.171 POSTING VOTING HISTORY; FAILURE TO VOTE;
REGISTRATION REMOVED.

Within six weeks after every election, the county auditor shall post the voting
history for every person who voted in the election. After the close of the calendar year, the
secretary of state shall determine if any registrants have not voted during the preceding
four years. The secretary of state shall perform list maintenance by changing the status of
those registrants to "inactive" in the statewide registration system. The list maintenance
performed must be conducted in a manner that ensures that the name of each registered
voter appears in the official list of eligible voters in the statewide registration system.
A voter must not be removed from the official list of eligible voters unless the voter is
not eligible or is not registered to vote. List maintenance must include procedures for
eliminating duplicate names from the official list of eligible voters.

The secretary of state shall also prepare a report to the county auditor containing the
names of all registrants whose status was changed to "inactive."

Registrants whose status was changed to "inactive" must register in the manner
specified in section 201.054 before voting in any primary, special primary, general, school
district, or special election, as required by section 201.018.

Although not counted in an election, a late or rejected absentee or mail ballot must
be considered a vote for the purpose of continuing registration under this section, but is
not considered voting history deleted text beginfor the purpose of public information lists available under
section 201.091, subdivision 4
deleted text end.

Sec. 13.

new text begin [201.197] CHALLENGED ELIGIBILITY LIST.
new text end

new text begin (a) The secretary of state shall maintain an electronic database of individuals not
registered and who are believed to be ineligible to vote under section 201.014, subdivision
2. The database may be maintained as a module of the statewide voter registration system,
if permitted by federal law, or maintained as a separate database, and at a minimum must
include an individual's name, address of residence, date of birth, the reason the individual
is believed to be ineligible to vote and, if available, the individual's driver's license or
state identification card number, or the last four digits of the individual's Social Security
number. Entries in the database shall be compiled using data submitted to the secretary of
state under this chapter, and other sources as the secretary may determine appropriate.
new text end

new text begin (b) An elections official processing a voter registration application must verify
whether the individual listed on the application is included in the database of individuals
known to be ineligible to vote. If the individual is listed in the database, the voter
registration application may be accepted, but the voter's status must be listed as
"challenged." An election judge processing a voter registration application submitted by a
voter in a polling place on election day must verify the application using the electronic
roster, or if the polling place does not have an electronic roster, using a paper list provided
by the county auditor. A paper list used for verification in a polling place may be limited to
only those individuals known to be residents of the county in which the precinct is located.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.221, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Procedures for polling place rosters.

The secretary of state shall
prescribe the form of polling place rosters that include the voter's name, address, date of
birth, school district number, and space for the voter's signature. The secretary of state
may prescribe additional election-related information to be placed on the polling place
rosters on an experimental basis for one state primary and general election cycle; the same
information may not be placed on the polling place roster for a second state primary and
general election cycle unless specified in this subdivision. The polling place roster must
be used to indicate whether the voter has voted in a given election. The secretary of state
shall prescribe procedures for transporting the polling place rosters to the election judges
for use on election day. The secretary of state shall prescribe the form for a county or
municipality to request the date of birth from currently registered voters. The county or
municipality shall not request the date of birth from currently registered voters by any
communication other than the prescribed form and the form must clearly indicate that a
currently registered voter does not lose registration status by failing to provide the date of
birth. In accordance with section 204B.40, the county auditor shall retain the prescribed
polling place rosters used on the date of election for deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months following the election.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Application procedures.

new text begin(a) new text endExcept as otherwise allowed by
subdivision 2 or by section 203B.11, subdivision 4, an application for absentee ballots for
any election may be submitted at any time not less than one day before the day of that
election. The county auditor shall prepare absentee ballot application forms in the format
provided by the secretary of state and shall furnish them to any person on request. By
January 1 of each even-numbered year, the secretary of state shall make the forms to be
used available to auditors through electronic means. An application submitted pursuant to
this subdivision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to:

(1) the county auditor of the county where the applicant maintains residence; or

(2) the municipal clerk of the municipality, or school district if applicable, where
the applicant maintains residence.

new text begin (b) new text endAn application shall be approved if it is timely received, signed and dated by the
applicant, new text beginand new text endcontainsnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the applicant's name and residence and mailing addressesdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2) the applicant'snew text end date of birthdeleted text begin, and at least one of the following:deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3) the applicant's Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota state
identification card number; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number or a statement that
the applicant does not have a Social Security number.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) the applicant's Minnesota driver's license number;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) Minnesota state identification card number;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) a statement that the applicant does not have any of these numbers.
deleted text end

To be approved, the application must state that the applicant is eligible to vote by
absentee ballot for one of the reasons specified in section 203B.02, and must contain an
oath that the information contained on the form is accurate, that the applicant is applying
on the applicant's own behalf, and that the applicant is signing the form under penalty
of perjury.

new text begin Prior to approval, the county auditor or municipal clerk must verify that the
Minnesota driver's license or state identification card number submitted by an applicant
is valid and assigned to that applicant. An application that contains a driver's license or
identification card number that is invalid or not assigned to the applicant must be rejected.
The county auditor or municipal clerk must also verify that the applicant does not appear
on any lists of known ineligible voters maintained by the county auditor or municipal
clerk, or provided to the county auditor or municipal clerk by the secretary of state. When
verifying eligibility, the county auditor or municipal clerk must use the same standards
and process as used for individuals appearing in the polling place on election day, except
that an applicant is not required to appear in person or present photo identification meeting
the standards of section 204C.10, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endAn applicant's full date of birth, Minnesota driver's license or state identification
number, and the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number must not be
made available for public inspection. An application may be submitted to the county
auditor or municipal clerk by an electronic facsimile device. An application mailed or
returned in person to the county auditor or municipal clerk on behalf of a voter by a
person other than the voter must be deposited in the mail or returned in person to the
county auditor or municipal clerk within ten days after it has been dated by the voter and
no later than six days before the election. The absentee ballot applications or a list of
persons applying for an absentee ballot may not be made available for public inspection
until the close of voting on election day.

An application under this subdivision may contain an application under subdivision
5 to automatically receive an absentee ballot application.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Health care patient.

An eligible voter who on the day before an election
becomes a resident or patient in a health care facility or hospital located in the municipality
in which the eligible voter maintains residence may apply for absentee ballots on election
day if the voterdeleted text begin:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (a)deleted text end requests an application form by telephone from the municipal clerk not later than
5:00 p.m. on the day before election daydeleted text begin; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) submits an absentee ballot application to the election judges engaged in
delivering absentee ballots pursuant to section 203B.11
deleted text end.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.06, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Preservation of records.

An application for absentee ballots shall be
dated by the county auditor or municipal clerk when it is received and shall be initialed
when absentee ballots are mailed or delivered to the applicant. All applications shall be
preserved by the county auditor or municipal clerk for deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, 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 must, 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 and
appointed as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22. The board may include staff
trained as election judges.

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

(c)new text begin A ballot board may only meet to perform its duties under this chapter during the
period in which completed absentee ballots are accepted for an election. The time and
place of each meeting must be scheduled, announced, and posted on the Web site of the
governing body of the county, municipality, or school district at least 14 days prior to
convening the first meeting of the ballot board for an election. If the governing body of
the county, municipality, or school district does not have a Web site, the time and place
of each meeting must be posted, in writing, on the principal bulletin board of the body.
Meetings of the ballot board must be convened at the same time and in the same location.
The ballot board must also meet on any day during which the county or municipal offices
are open for the purposes of conducting election business prior to an election. A ballot
board may not meet except during regularly scheduled meetings announced and posted as
required by this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (d)new text end Except as otherwise provided by this section, all provisions of the Minnesota
Election Law apply to a ballot board.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204B.40, is amended to read:


204B.40 BALLOTS; ELECTION RECORDS AND OTHER MATERIALS;
DISPOSITION; INSPECTION OF BALLOTS.

The county auditors, municipal clerks, and school district clerks shall retain all
election materials returned to them after any election for at least deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months from
the date of that election. All election materials involved in a contested election must be
retained for deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months or until the contest has been finally determined, whichever is
later. Abstracts filed by canvassing boards shall be retained permanently by any officer
with whom those abstracts are filed. Election materials no longer required to be retained
pursuant to this section shall be disposed of in accordance with sections 138.163 to 138.21.
Sealed envelopes containing voted ballots must be retained unopened, except as provided
in this section, in a secure location. The county auditor, municipal clerk, or school district
clerk shall not permit any voted ballots to be tampered with or defaced.

After the time for filing a notice of contest for an election has passed, the secretary
of state may, for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating election procedures: (1)
open the sealed ballot envelopes and inspect the ballots for that election maintained by
the county auditors, municipal clerks, or school district clerks; (2) inspect the polling
place rosters and completed voter registration applications; or (3) examine other forms
required in the Minnesota election laws for use in the polling place. No inspected ballot or
document may be marked or identified in any manner. After inspection, all ballots must be
returned to the ballot envelope and the ballot envelope must be securely resealed. Any
other election materials inspected or examined must be secured or resealed. deleted text beginNo polling
place roster may be inspected until the voting history for that precinct has been posted.
No voter registration application may be inspected until the information on it has been
entered into the statewide registration system.
deleted text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.20, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Determination of proper number.

The election judges shall
determine the number of ballots to be counted by deleted text beginadding the number of return envelopes
from accepted absentee ballots to the number of signed voter's certificates, or to the
number of names entered in the election register
deleted text endnew text begin counting the number of original voter
signatures contained in the polling place roster, or on voter's receipts generated from an
electronic roster. The election judges may not count the number of voter receipts collected
in the precinct as a substitute for counting original voter signatures unless the voter
receipts contain the name, voter identification number, and signature of the voter to whom
the receipt was issued
new text end. The election judges shall then remove all the ballots from the box.
Without considering how the ballots are marked, the election judges shall ascertain that
each ballot is separate and shall count them to determine whether the number of ballots in
the box corresponds with the number of ballots to be counted.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.20, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Excess ballots.

If two or more ballots are found folded together like
a single ballot, the election judges shall lay them aside until all the ballots in the box
have been counted. If it is evident from the number of ballots to be counted that the
ballots folded together were cast by one voter, the election judges shall preserve but not
count them. If the number of ballots in one box exceeds the number to be counted, the
election judges shall examine all the ballots in the box to ascertain that all are properly
marked with the initials of the election judges. If any ballots are not properly marked with
the initials of the election judges, the election judges shall preserve but not count them;
however, if the number of ballots does not exceed the number to be counted, the absence
of either or both sets of initials of the election judges does not, by itself, disqualify the
vote from being counted deleted text beginand must notdeleted text endnew text begin but maynew text end be the basis of a challenge in a recount.
If there is still an excess of properly marked ballots, the election judges shall replace
them in the box, and one election judge, without looking, shall withdraw from the box
a number of ballots equal to the excess. The withdrawn ballots shall not be counted but
shall be preserved as provided in subdivision 4.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Ballots not counted; disposition.

When the final count of ballots agrees
with the number of ballots to be counted, those ballots not counted shall benew text begin clearly marked
"excess" on the front of the ballot and
new text end attached to a certificate made by the election judges
which statesnew text begin the number of ballots not counted andnew text end why deleted text beginthe ballotsdeleted text endnew text begin theynew text end were not counted.
The certificate and uncounted ballots shall be sealed in a separate envelope deleted text beginand returned
to
deleted text endnew text begin clearly marked "excess ballots." The election judges shall sign their names over the
envelope seal and return the ballots to
new text end the county auditor or municipal or school district
clerk from whom they were received.new text begin Tabulation of vote totals from a precinct where
excess ballots were removed from the ballot box shall be completed by the canvassing
board responsible for certifying the election results from that precinct.
new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.20, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Applicability. new text end

new text begin The requirements of this section apply regardless of the
voting system or method of tabulation used in a precinct.
new text end

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.23, is amended to read:


204C.23 new text beginSPOILED, new text endDEFECTIVEnew text begin, AND DUPLICATEnew text end BALLOTS.

new text begin (a) A ballot that is spoiled by a voter must be clearly marked "spoiled" by an election
judge, placed in an envelope designated for spoiled ballots from the precinct, sealed, and
returned as required by section 204C.25.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text endA ballot that is defective to the extent that the election judges are unable to
determine the voter's intent shall be marked on the back "Defective" if it is totally
defective or "Defective as to ......," naming the office or question if it is defective only in
part.new text begin Defective ballots must be placed in an envelope designated for defective ballots from
the precinct, sealed, and returned as required by section 204C.25.
new text end

new text begin (c) A damaged or defective ballot that requires duplication must be handled as
required by section 206.86, subdivision 5.
new text end

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.24, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Information requirements.

Precinct summary statements shall be
submitted by the election judges in every precinct. For all elections, the election judges
shall complete three or more copies of the summary statements, and each copy shall
contain the following information for each kind of ballot:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end the number of ballots delivered to the precinct as adjusted by the actual count
made by the election judges, the number of unofficial ballots made, and the number of
absentee ballots delivered to the precinct;

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end the number of votes each candidate received or the number of yes and no
votes on each question, the number of undervotes, the number of overvotes, and the
number of defective ballots with respect to each office or question;

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end the number of spoiled ballots, the number of duplicate ballots made, the
number of absentee ballots rejected, and the number of unused ballots, presuming that the
total count provided on each package of unopened prepackaged ballots is correct;

new text begin (4) the number of ballots cast;
new text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end the number of deleted text beginindividuals who voted at the election in the precinctdeleted text endnew text begin voter
signatures contained on the polling place roster or on voter receipts generated by an
electronic roster,
new text end which must equal the total number of ballots cast in the precinct, as
required by sections 204C.20 and 206.86, subdivision 1;

new text begin (6) the number of excess ballots removed by the election judges, as required by
section 204C.20;
new text end

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end the number of voters registering on election day in that precinct; and

deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end the signatures of the election judges who counted the ballots certifying that
all of the ballots cast were properly piled, checked, and counted; and that the numbers
entered by the election judges on the summary statements correctly show the number of
votes cast for each candidate and for and against each question.

At least two copies of the summary statement must be prepared for elections not
held on the same day as the state elections.

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 206.86, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginAt the voting locationdeleted text endnew text begin Precinct polling locations; duties;
reconciliation
new text end.

In precincts where an electronic voting system is used, as soon as the polls
are closed the election judges shall secure the voting systems against further voting. They
shall then open the ballot box and count the number of deleted text beginballot cardsdeleted text endnew text begin ballotsnew text end or envelopes
containing deleted text beginballot cardsdeleted text end new text beginballots new text endthat have been cast to determine that the number of deleted text beginballot
cards
deleted text endnew text begin ballotsnew text end does not exceed the number of deleted text beginvoters shown ondeleted text endnew text begin original voter signatures
contained in
new text end the deleted text beginelection register or registration filedeleted text endnew text begin polling place roster or on voter receipts
generated from an electronic roster. The election judges may not count the number of
voter receipts collected in the precinct as a substitute for counting original voter signatures
unless the voter receipts contain the name, voter identification number, and signature of
the voter to whom the receipt was issued
new text end. If there is an excess, the judges shall deleted text beginseal the
ballots in a ballot container and transport the container to the county auditor or municipal
clerk who shall process the ballots in the same manner as paper ballots are processed in
section 204C.20, subdivision 2, then enter the ballots into the ballot counter
deleted text endnew text begin proceed in the
manner required for excess ballots under section 204C.20, subdivisions 2 to 4
new text end. The total
number of voters must be entered on the forms provided. The judges shall next count the
write-in votes and enter the number of those votes on forms provided for the purpose.

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 206.86, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Transportation of deleted text beginballot cardsdeleted text endnew text begin ballotsnew text end.

The judges shall place all voted
ballot cards, new text beginexcess ballots, new text enddefective ballots, and damaged ballots in the container
provided for transporting them to the counting center. The container must be sealed and
delivered immediately to the counting center by two judges who are not of the same major
political party. The judges shall also deliver to the counting center in a suitable container
the unused deleted text beginballot cardsdeleted text endnew text begin ballotsnew text end, the spoiled ballot envelope, and the ballot envelopes issued
to the voters and deposited during the day in the ballot box.

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 209.021, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Manner; time; contents.

Service of a notice of contest must be
made in the same manner as the service of summons in civil actions. The notice of contest
must specify the grounds on which the contest will be made. The contestant shall serve
notice of the contest on the parties enumerated in this section. Notice must be served and
filed within five days after the canvass is completed in the case of a primary or special
primary or within seven days after the canvass is completed in the case of a special or
general election; except thatnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end if a contest is based on a deliberate, serious, and material violation of the election
laws which was discovered from the statements of receipts and disbursements required
to be filed by candidates and committees, the action may be commenced and the notice
served and filed within ten days after the filing of the statements in the case of a general
or special election or within five days after the filing of the statements in the case of a
primary or special primarydeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;new text end

new text begin (2) new text endif a notice of contest questions only which party received the highest number
of votes legally cast at the election, a contestee who loses may serve and file a notice of
contest on any other ground during the three days following expiration of the time for
appealing the decision on the vote countnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) if data or documents necessary to determine grounds for a contest, including but
not limited to lists of the names of every voter who participated in an election, are not
available to a candidate or the general public prior to the close of the period for filing a
notice of contest under this section due to nonfeasance, malfeasance, or failure to perform
duties within the time required by statute on the part of the secretary of state, a county
auditor, or other state, county, or municipal election official, a notice of contest may be
served and filed within seven days after the data or documents become available for
inspection by the candidates and the general public
new text end.

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 209.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Appointment of inspectors.

After a contest has been instituted,
either party may have deleted text beginthe ballotsdeleted text endnew text begin all materials relating to the election, including, but not
limited to, polling place rosters, voter registration applications, accepted absentee ballot
envelopes, rejected absentee ballot envelopes, applications for absentee ballots, precinct
summary statements, printouts from voting machines, and precinct incident logs,
new text end inspected
before preparing for trial. The party requesting an inspection shall file with the district
court where the contest is brought a verified petition, stating that the case cannot properly
be prepared for trial without an inspection of the ballots and designating the precincts in
which an inspection is desired. A judge of the court in which the contest is pending shall
then appoint as many sets of three inspectors for a contest of any office or question as are
needed to count and inspect the ballots expeditiously. One inspector must be selected by
each of the parties to the contest and a third must be chosen by those two inspectors. If
either party neglects or refuses to name an inspector, the judge shall appoint the inspector.
The compensation of inspectors is the same as for referees, unless otherwise stipulated.

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 211B.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Soliciting near polling places.

A person may not display campaign
material, post signs, ask, solicit, or in any manner try to induce or persuade a voter within
a polling place or within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is situated,
or anywhere on the public property on which a polling place is situated, on primary or
election day to vote for or refrain from voting for a candidate or ballot question. A person
may not provide political badges, political buttons, or other political insignia to be worn at
or about the polling place on the day of a primary or election. A political badge, political
button, or other political insignia may not be worn at or about the polling place on primary
or election daynew text begin if it is designed to influence voting for or against a particular candidate,
political party, or question on the ballot at the election
new text end. This section applies to areas
established by the county auditor or municipal clerk for absentee voting as provided in
chapter 203B.

The secretary of state, county auditor, municipal clerk, or school district clerk may
provide stickers which contain the words "I VOTED" and nothing more. Election judges
may offer a sticker of this type to each voter who has signed the polling place rosternew text begin
or a voter's receipt
new text end.

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611A.32, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Duties of grantees.

new text begin(a) new text endEvery public or private nonprofit agency which
receives a grant to provide emergency shelter services to battered women and support
services to battered women and domestic abuse victims shallnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end comply with all rules of the commissioner related to the administration of the
pilot programsnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (2) provide information to all battered women receiving assistance from a shelter
facility, as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4, on the address confidentiality
program established in chapter 5B, including an application for the program and
information on the right of individuals certified as program participants to vote by
absentee ballot as permitted in section 5B.06
new text end.

Sec. 32. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 203B.04, subdivision 3, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

ELECTRONIC ROSTERS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 200.02, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 12a. new text end

new text begin Polling place roster. new text end

new text begin "Polling place roster" means the official lists used
to record a voter's appearance in a polling place on election day, including the list of
registered voters in the precinct, and the list of voters registering on election day. A polling
place roster may be in a printed or electronic format, as permitted by section 201.225.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 201.221, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Procedures for polling place rosters.

The secretary of state shall
prescribe the form of polling place rosters that include the voter's name, address, date of
birth, school district number, and space for the voter's signature. new text beginA polling place roster
provided in an electronic form must allow for a printed voter's receipt that meets the
standards provided in section 201.225, subdivision 2.
new text endThe secretary of state may prescribe
additional election-related information to be placed on the polling place rosters on an
experimental basis for one state primary and general election cycle; the same information
may not be placed on the polling place roster for a second state primary and general
election cycle unless specified in this subdivision. The polling place roster must be used
to indicate whether the voter has voted in a given election. The secretary of state shall
prescribe procedures for transporting the polling place rosters to the election judges
for use on election day. The secretary of state shall prescribe the form for a county or
municipality to request the date of birth from currently registered voters. The county or
municipality shall not request the date of birth from currently registered voters by any
communication other than the prescribed form and the form must clearly indicate that a
currently registered voter does not lose registration status by failing to provide the date of
birth. In accordance with section 204B.40, the county auditor shall retain the prescribed
polling place rosters used on the date of election for deleted text begin22deleted text endnew text begin 36new text end months following the election.

Sec. 3.

new text begin [201.225] ELECTRONIC ROSTER; STANDARDS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Certification of system. new text end

new text begin (a) Except as provided in paragraph (c),
a precinct may have a secure electronic connection to the statewide voter registration
system maintained by the secretary of state, to serve as the precinct's electronic polling
place roster.
new text end

new text begin (b) Precincts may not use an electronic roster until the secretary of state has certified
that the secure electronic connection to the statewide voter registration system is sufficient
to prevent any voter from voting more than once at an election and to prevent access to
the system by unauthorized individuals.
new text end

new text begin (c) If the county auditor or municipal clerk certifies to the secretary of state that a
precinct is unable to access the connection, the precinct may use two computers connected
together in the precinct as the electronic roster. At a minimum, computers used in a
precinct that do not have a live connection to the statewide voter registration system must
have a stored electronic roster of registered voters for that precinct.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Minimum standards for electronic rosters. new text end

new text begin At a minimum, an electronic
roster must:
new text end

new text begin (1) be preloaded with data from the statewide voter registration system, including
data on individuals known to be ineligible to vote;
new text end

new text begin (2) permit all voting information processed by any computer in a precinct to be
immediately accessible to all other computers at all other connected precincts in the state;
new text end

new text begin (3) provide for a printed voter's receipt, containing the voter's name, address of
residence, date of birth, voter identification number, the oath required by section 204C.10,
and a space for the voter's original signature;
new text end

new text begin (4) immediately alert the election judge if the statewide voter registration system
indicates that a voter has already voted at the election in another polling place, is ineligible
to vote, or the voter's registration status is challenged;
new text end

new text begin (5) automatically accept and input data from a scanned Minnesota driver's license or
identification card and match the data to an existing voter registration record, and permit
manual input of voter data, if necessary; and
new text end

new text begin (6) perform any other functions required for the efficient and secure administration
of an election, as required by law.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Use of alternative roster. new text end

new text begin Any precinct that opts not to use an electronic
poll book must use an alternative roster that ensures election day registrations are subject
to the same verification standards as defined in subdivision 2, clauses (1), (2), (3), and (6).
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204B.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Separate precincts; combined polling place.

(a) The following shall
constitute at least one election precinct:

(1) each city ward; and

(2) each town and each statutory city.

(b) A single, accessible, combined polling place may be established no later than
May 1 of any year:

(1) for any city of the third or fourth class, any town, or any city having territory in
more than one county, in which all the voters of the city or town shall cast their ballots;

(2) for two contiguous precincts in the same municipality that have a combined
total of fewer than 500 registered voters;

(3) for up to four contiguous municipalities located entirely outside the metropolitan
area, as defined by section 200.02, subdivision 24, that are contained in the same county; or

(4) for noncontiguous precincts located in one or more counties.

A copy of the ordinance or resolution establishing a combined polling place must
be filed with the county auditor within 30 days after approval by the governing body. A
polling place combined under clause (3) must be approved by the governing body of each
participating municipality. A polling place combined under clause (4) must be approved
by the governing body of each participating municipality and the secretary of state and
may be located outside any of the noncontiguous precincts. A municipality withdrawing
from participation in a combined polling place must do so by filing a resolution of
withdrawal with the county auditor no later than April 1 of any year.

The secretary of state shall provide a separate deleted text beginpolling placedeleted text endnew text begin electronicnew text end roster
new text begin connection new text endfor each precinct served by the combined polling place. A single set of election
judges may be appointed to serve at a combined polling place. The number of election
judges required must be based on the total number of persons voting at the last similar
election in all precincts to be voting at the combined polling place. Separate ballot boxes
must be provided for the ballots from each precinct. The results of the election must be
reported separately for each precinct served by the combined polling place, except in a
polling place established under clause (2) where one of the precincts has fewer than ten
registered voters, in which case the results of that precinct must be reported in the manner
specified by the secretary of state.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.10, is amended to read:


204C.10 PERMANENT REGISTRATION; VERIFICATION OF
REGISTRATION.

(a) An individual seeking to vote shall sign a polling placenew text begin roster or printed voter's
receipt, generated from an electronic
new text end roster 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 roster 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) A judge may, before the applicant signs the rosternew text begin or receiptnew text end, confirm the
applicant's name, address, and date of birth.

(c) new text beginIn precincts where a paper roster is used, new text endafter the applicant signs the roster, the
judge shall give the applicant a voter's receipt. new text beginRegardless of new text endthe new text beginform of roster used, a
new text endvoter 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 deleted text beginduring the time for notice of filing an election contestdeleted text endnew text begin for 36
months following the date of the election
new text end.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.12, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Refusal to answer questions or sign a polling place roster.

A challenged
individual who refuses to answer questions or sign a polling place rosternew text begin or voter's receiptnew text end
as required by this section must not be allowed to vote. A challenged individual who
leaves the polling place and returns later willing to answer questions or sign a polling
place rosternew text begin or voter's receiptnew text end must not be allowed to vote.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204D.24, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Voter registration.

An individual may register to vote at a special primary
or special election at any time before the day that the polling place rosters for the special
primary or special election are deleted text beginprepareddeleted text endnew text begin finally securednew text end by the secretary of statenew text begin for the
election
new text end. The secretary of state shall provide the county auditors with notice of this date
at least seven days before the deleted text beginprinting of thedeleted text end rostersnew text begin are securednew text end. This subdivision does
not apply to a special election held on the same day as the state primary, state general
election, or the regularly scheduled primary or general election of a municipality, school
district, or special district.

Sec. 8.

new text begin [206A.01] APPLICABILITY.
new text end

new text begin This chapter applies to each designated election official who transmits election
records via teleprocessing lines to a centralized electronic roster maintained by the
secretary of state for the purpose of conducting an election and compiling complete returns.
new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [206A.02] DEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Designated election official. new text end

new text begin "Designated election official" means the
county auditor or municipal clerk.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Elector data. new text end

new text begin "Elector data" means voting information, including, but not
limited to, voter registration, voting history, and voting tabulations.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Electronic roster. new text end

new text begin "Electronic roster" is a list of eligible electors in
electronic format who are permitted to vote at a polling place in an election conducted
under the Minnesota Election Law, which shall be processed by a computer at a precinct
to be immediately accessible to all other computers at all precincts in the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Teleprocessing lines. new text end

new text begin "Teleprocessing lines" means secure, dedicated
communication transmission facilities used for the purpose of transferring elector data
between precincts and a centralized computerized roster maintained by the secretary of
state, to ensure the security and integrity of voting information so that no deviation can
go undetected.
new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin [206A.03] MINIMUM CONTINGENCY AND SECURITY
PROCEDURES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The designated election official shall establish written security procedures
covering the transference of precinct teleprocessing information. The procedures must
include:
new text end

new text begin (1) security covering the transmission of elector data processed through the
electronic roster and reconciliation of the registration and history of voters casting ballots
in a precinct; and
new text end

new text begin (2) contingency procedures for network and power failure. The procedures must, at
a minimum, include procedures to address all single point failures including:
new text end

new text begin (i) network failure;
new text end

new text begin (ii) power failure that lasts less than one hour; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) power failure that lasts more than one hour.
new text end

new text begin (b) Acceptable alternatives for addressing power or system failures include either:
new text end

new text begin (1) a paper backup of the roster with the minimum information required to verify a
voter's eligibility; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a sufficient number of computers per precinct to ensure that the voter check-in
continues in an efficient manner. The computers must have the ability to function on
batteries or an external power source for up to two hours.
new text end

new text begin (c) Each computer must have an electronic backup of the current roster in one of the
following formats:
new text end

new text begin (1) a portable document file (PDF);
new text end

new text begin (2) a spreadsheet; or
new text end

new text begin (3) a database with a basic look-up interface.
new text end

new text begin In addition to acceptable backup roster procedures, the security procedures must
address contingency procedures to protect against activities such as voting twice.
new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin [206A.04] MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR DATA ENCRYPTION.
new text end

new text begin (a) The designated election official shall submit to the secretary of state evidence
that the connection to an electronic roster is secure including details concerning encryption
methodology. In addition, the electronic roster must meet or exceed the standards provided
for in this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) Proven, standard algorithms must be used as the basis for encryption
technologies.
new text end

new text begin (c) If an electronic roster utilizes a Virtual Private Network (VPN), the following
apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) it is the responsibility of the county to ensure that unauthorized users are not
allowed access to internal networks;
new text end

new text begin (2) VPN use is to be controlled using either a onetime password authentication such
as a token device or a public/private key system with a strong passphrase;
new text end

new text begin (3) when actively connected to the network, VPNs must force all traffic to and from
the computer over the VPN tunnel and all other traffic must be dropped;
new text end

new text begin (4) dual (split) tunneling is not permitted; only one network connection is allowed;
new text end

new text begin (5) VPN gateways must be set up and managed by the county or its designee;
new text end

new text begin (6) all computers connected to internal networks via VPN or any other technology
must use up-to-date antivirus software; and
new text end

new text begin (7) the VPN concentrator is limited to an absolute connection time of 24 hours.
new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin [206A.05] MINIMUM ELECTRONIC ROSTER TRANSACTION
REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Standards. new text end

new text begin (a) The electronic roster system connection must contain
enough bandwidth to handle the processing time, taking into account secured transaction
method, for any computer on the system as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) a maximum of five seconds to update voter activity;
new text end

new text begin (2) a maximum of 1.5 seconds to process a voter inquiry by identification number;
and
new text end

new text begin (3) a maximum of 45 seconds for session startup and password verification.
new text end

new text begin (b) The designated election official shall include in the security plan the system data
transfer requirements to completely process a single voter record. This must include at
least the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) the data stream information on both sending and receiving data for all points of
the transaction until the transaction is complete;
new text end

new text begin (2) information on all points where the connection is closed and the data stream
released between the remote computer and the server; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the proposed method of securing transmissions across public networks.
new text end

new text begin (c) The designated election official shall submit in the security plan a detailed list of
all precincts, with a proposed number of workstations connecting to the database and the
proposed connection, including bandwidth and security, for each location.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [206A.06] ELECTRONIC ROSTER PREELECTION TESTING
PROCEDURES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The electronic roster application must be tested to ensure that it meets the
minimum system requirements prior to the first election in which it is used. The
application must also be tested after the implementation of any system modifications. The
county shall indicate in the subsequent security plan whether such retesting has occurred.
new text end

new text begin (b) The test must, at a minimum, include the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) a load test must be demonstrated through either 60 percent of actual computers
running at proposed bandwidth and security settings, or by simulating a load test;
new text end

new text begin (2) a contingency/failure test must be demonstrated and documented illustrating the
effects of failures identified in section 206A.03; and
new text end

new text begin (3) all tests must be conducted with clients and servers in normal, typical, deployed
operating mode.
new text end

new text begin (c) All records and documentation of the testing must be retained by the designated
election official for a period of 36 months as part of the election record. The testing record
and documentation must include, but is not limited to, the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) a formal test plan containing all test scripts used:
new text end

new text begin (i) the test plan must include test environment containing make, model, type of
hardware, and software versions used in testing; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) the test plan must also include the number of client computers, servers, and
physical locations involved in testing;
new text end

new text begin (2) test logs of all events that were observed during testing, including:
new text end

new text begin (i) the sequence of actions necessary to set up the tests;
new text end

new text begin (ii) the actions necessary to start the tests;
new text end

new text begin (iii) the actions taken during the execution of the tests;
new text end

new text begin (iv) any measurements taken or observed during the tests;
new text end

new text begin (v) any actions necessary to stop or shut down the tests;
new text end

new text begin (vi) any actions necessary to bring the tests to a halt; and
new text end

new text begin (vii) any actions necessary or taken to deal with anomalies experienced during
testing;
new text end

new text begin (3) performance logs and reports taken from both servers and workstations during
the testing which contain performance information of:
new text end

new text begin (i) network usage (bandwidth);
new text end

new text begin (ii) processor utilization;
new text end

new text begin (iii) Random Access Memory (RAM) utilization; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) any additional performance monitoring reports necessary to explain the process
taken and to support the findings of the tests; and
new text end

new text begin (4) all test logs must contain the date, time, operator, test status or outcome, and any
additional information to assist the secretary of state in making a determination.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [206A.07] MINIMUM NUMBER OF COMPUTERS REQUIRED FOR
PRECINCTS EMPLOYING ELECTRONIC POLL BOOKS.
new text end

new text begin Counties employing electronic poll books shall allocate computers to their precincts
based upon the following minimum requirements. Voter registration numbers shall
be calculated based upon the total number of registered voters in the county 90 days
preceding the election. The minimum computers required shall be on site at each precinct.
Counties employing electronic poll books shall be allocated a minimum of two computers.
new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [206A.08] WRITTEN PROCEDURES AND REPORTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) Written procedures and reports required by this chapter must be submitted to the
secretary of state for approval no later than 60 days before the election. The secretary of
state shall either approve the procedures as submitted or notify the designated election
official of recommended changes.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the secretary of state rejects or approves the written procedures, the secretary
of state shall provide written notice of the rejection or approval, including specifics of
noncompliance with this chapter within 15 days of receiving the written procedures.
new text end

new text begin (c) If the secretary of state rejects the written procedures, the designated election
official shall submit a revised procedure within 15 days.
new text end

new text begin (d) The secretary of state shall permit the filing of the revised procedures at a later
date if it is determined that compliance with the 15-day requirement is impossible.
new text end

Sec. 16. new text beginLEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON ELECTRONIC ROSTER
IMPLEMENTATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation. new text end

new text begin The Legislative Task Force on Electronic Roster
Implementation is established to facilitate development and implementation of electronic
rosters for use in elections, as required by this article.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties; considerations. new text end

new text begin (a) The task force shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) study and recommend options for hardware that meets the standards for use in a
precinct as provided in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 206A;
new text end

new text begin (2) study and facilitate implementation of software updates, add-ons, or other
changes to the statewide voter registration system that may be necessary to allow the
system to function as a networked database within or between precincts as required by
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 206A; and
new text end

new text begin (3) recommend to the legislature any additional changes to law that may be
necessary to implement the requirements of this article.
new text end

new text begin (b) Factors that must be considered by the task force in carrying out its duties
include, but are not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) ease of equipment use by election administrators, election judges, and voters;
new text end

new text begin (2) cost-effectiveness;
new text end

new text begin (3) feasibility of available technologies within precincts;
new text end

new text begin (4) the security, integrity, and reliability of the electronic roster system and its impact
on the security, integrity, and reliability of the election; and
new text end

new text begin (5) minimum standards for equipment and software functionality as provided by law.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin The task force consists of 16 members, as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) the speaker of the house shall appoint one member of the house of representatives,
and one individual who served as a head election judge affiliated with the speaker's
political party at the 2010 state general election;
new text end

new text begin (2) the minority leader of the house of representatives shall appoint one member
of the house, and one individual who served as a head election judge affiliated with the
minority leader's political party at the 2010 state general election;
new text end

new text begin (3) the majority leader of the senate shall appoint one member of the senate, and
one individual who served as a head election judge affiliated with the majority leader's
political party at the 2010 state general election;
new text end

new text begin (4) the minority leader of the senate shall appoint one member of the senate, and
one individual who served as a head election judge affiliated with the minority leader's
political party at the 2010 state general election;
new text end

new text begin (5) the Minnesota Association of County Auditors shall appoint one head elections
administrator from a representative county with a large population, one head elections
administrator from a representative county with an average-sized population, and one
head elections administrator from a representative county with a small population, as
defined by the association;
new text end

new text begin (6) the Minnesota Association of Townships shall appoint one head elections
administrator;
new text end

new text begin (7) the League of Minnesota Cities shall appoint one head elections administrator;
new text end

new text begin (8) the secretary of state, or the secretary's designee;
new text end

new text begin (9) the director of information technology in the Office of the Secretary of State; and
new text end

new text begin (10) the Chief Information Officer of the state of Minnesota, or a designee.
new text end

new text begin Appointments required by this subdivision shall be made within 21 days of
enactment of this article. The legislator appointed by the speaker of the house shall serve
as chair of the task force.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report to legislature. new text end

new text begin The task force shall submit a report to the legislature
on its activities and recommendations no later than December 1, 2011.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Meetings; staff. new text end

new text begin (a) Meetings of the task force are subject to Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 13D, except that a meeting may be closed to discuss proprietary data or
other data that is protected by law.
new text end

new text begin (b) The director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall convene the first
meeting of the task force no later than July 1, 2011, or within 30 days of enactment of
this section, whichever is later, and shall provide staff as necessary to support the work of
the task force.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $...... is appropriated to the secretary of state from the Help America Vote
Act account for purposes of purchasing equipment and upgrading the statewide
voter registration system to serve as the electronic roster, including developing and
programming an additional module within the system, if necessary, to comply with the
requirements of this article.
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

Sec. 18. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Except where otherwise provided, this article is effective August 14, 2012, and
applies to elections held on or after that date.
new text end

ARTICLE 4

RECOUNTS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204C.38, is amended to read:


204C.38 CORRECTION OF OBVIOUS ERRORS; WHEN CANDIDATES
AGREE.

Subdivision 1.

Errors of election judges.

If the candidates for an office
unanimously agree in writing that the election judges in any precinct have made an
obvious error in the counting or recording of the votes for that office, they shall deliver the
agreement to the county auditor of that county who shall reconvene the county canvassing
board, if necessary, and present the agreement to it. The county canvassing board shall
correct the error as specified in the agreement.

Subd. 2.

Errors of county canvassing board.

If the candidates for an office
unanimously agree in writing that the county canvassing board has made an obvious error
in the counting and recording of the vote for that office they shall notify the county auditor
who shall reconvene the canvassing board. The county canvassing board shall promptly
correct the error as specified in the agreement and file an amended report. When an error is
corrected pursuant to this subdivision, the county canvassing board and the county auditor
shall proceed in accordance with sections 204C.32 to deleted text begin204C.36deleted text endnew text begin 204C.33 and chapter 204Enew text end.

Subd. 3.

Errors of State Canvassing Board.

If the candidates for an office
unanimously agree in writing that the State Canvassing Board has made an obvious error
in the counting and recording of the vote for that office they shall deliver the agreement
to the secretary of state. If a certificate of election has not been issued, the secretary of
state shall reconvene the State Canvassing Board and present the agreement to it. The
board shall promptly correct the error as specified in the agreement and file an amended
statement. When an error is corrected pursuant to this subdivision by the State Canvassing
Board, the State Canvassing Board and the secretary of state shall proceed in accordance
with sections 204C.32 to deleted text begin204C.36deleted text endnew text begin 204C.33 and chapter 204Enew text end.

Sec. 2.

new text begin [204E.01] APPLICABILITY.
new text end

new text begin This chapter establishes procedures for the conduct of all automatic and discretionary
recounts provided for in law.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [204E.02] RECOUNT OFFICIALS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The secretary of state or the secretary of state's designee is the recount official
for recounts conducted by the State Canvassing Board. The county auditor or the county
auditor's designee is the recount official for recounts conducted by the county canvassing
board. The county auditor or the county auditor's designee shall conduct recounts for
county offices. The municipal clerk or the municipal clerk's designee is the recount official
for recounts conducted by the municipal governing body. The school district clerk or
the school district clerk's designee is the recount official for recounts conducted by the
school board, or by a school district canvassing board as provided in section 205A.10,
subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin (b) A recount official may delegate the duty to conduct a recount to a county auditor
or municipal clerk by mutual consent. When the person who would otherwise serve as
recount official is a candidate or is the employee or other subordinate, spouse, child,
parent, grandparent, grandchild, stepparent, stepchild, sibling, half-sibling, or stepsibling
of a candidate for the office to be recounted, the appropriate canvassing board shall select
a county auditor or municipal clerk from another jurisdiction to conduct the recount.
new text end

new text begin (c) As used in this chapter, "legal adviser" means counsel to the recount official and
the canvassing board for the office being recounted.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [204E.03] SCOPE OF RECOUNTS.
new text end

new text begin A recount conducted as provided in this chapter is limited in scope to the
determination of the number of votes validly cast for the office to be recounted. Only the
ballots cast in the election and the summary statements certified by the election judges
may be considered in the recount process. Original ballots that have been duplicated
under section 206.86, subdivision 5, are not within the scope of a recount and must not be
examined except as provided by a court in an election contest under chapter 209.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [204E.04] FEDERAL, STATE, AND JUDICIAL RACES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Automatic recounts. new text end

new text begin (a) In a state primary when the difference
between the votes cast for the candidates for nomination to a statewide federal office,
state constitutional office, statewide judicial office, congressional office, state legislative
office, or district judicial office is:
new text end

new text begin (1) less than one-half of one percent of the total number of votes counted for that
nomination; or
new text end

new text begin (2) ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast for the nomination is 400
votes or less,
new text end

new text begin and the difference determines the nomination, the canvassing board with responsibility for
declaring the results for that office shall manually recount the vote.
new text end

new text begin (b) In a state general election when the difference between the votes of a candidate
who would otherwise be declared elected to a statewide federal office, state constitutional
office, statewide judicial office, congressional office, state legislative office, or district
judicial office and the votes of any other candidate for that office is:
new text end

new text begin (1) less than one-half of one percent of the total number of votes counted for that
office; or
new text end

new text begin (2) ten votes or less if the total number of votes cast for the office is 400 votes or less,
new text end

new text begin the canvassing board shall manually recount the votes.
new text end

new text begin (c) Time for notice of a contest for an office recounted under this section begins to
run upon certification of the results of the recount by the canvassing board, or as otherwise
provided in section 209.021.
new text end

new text begin (d) A losing candidate may waive a recount required by this section by filing a
written notice of waiver with the canvassing board.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Discretionary candidate recount. new text end

new text begin (a) A losing candidate whose name was
on the ballot for nomination or election to a statewide federal office, state constitutional
office, statewide judicial office, congressional office, state legislative office, or district
judicial office may request a recount in a manner provided in this section at the candidate's
own expense when the vote difference is greater than the difference required by this
section. The votes must be manually recounted as provided in this section if the candidate
files a request during the time for filing notice of contest of the primary or election for
which a recount is sought.
new text end

new text begin (b) The requesting candidate shall file with the filing officer a bond, cash, or surety in
an amount set by the filing officer for the payment of the recount expenses. The requesting
candidate is responsible for the following expenses: the compensation of the secretary of
state or designees and any election judge, municipal clerk, county auditor, administrator,
or other personnel who participate in the recount; necessary supplies and travel related to
the recount; the compensation of the appropriate canvassing board and costs of preparing
for the canvass of recount results; and any attorney fees incurred in connection with the
recount by the governing body responsible for the recount.
new text end

new text begin (c) The requesting candidate may provide the filing officer with a list of up to three
precincts that are to be recounted first and may waive the balance of the recount after these
precincts have been counted. If the candidate provides a list, the recount official must
determine the expenses for those precincts in the manner provided by paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (d) If the winner of the race is changed by the optional recount, the cost of the
recount must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the recount.
new text end

new text begin (e) If a result of the vote counting in the manual recount is different from the result
of the vote counting reported on election day by a margin greater than the standard for
acceptable performance of voting systems provided in section 206.89, subdivision 4, the
cost of the recount must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the recount.
new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [204E.05] RECOUNTS IN COUNTY, SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Required recounts. new text end

new text begin (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a
losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or school district office
may request a recount of the votes cast for the nomination or election to that office if
the difference between the votes cast for that candidate and for a winning candidate for
nomination or election is less than one-half of one percent of the total votes counted for
that office. In case of offices where two or more seats are being filled from among all the
candidates for the office, the one-half of one percent difference is between the elected
candidate with the fewest votes and the candidate with the most votes from among the
candidates who were not elected.
new text end

new text begin (b) A losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or school
district office may request a recount of the votes cast for nomination or election to that
office if the difference between the votes cast for that candidate and for a winning
candidate for nomination or election is ten votes or less, and the total number of votes cast
for the nomination or election of all candidates is no more than 400. In cases of offices
where two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office,
the ten-vote difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the
candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
new text end

new text begin (c) Candidates for county offices shall file a written request for the recount with the
county auditor. Candidates for municipal or school district offices shall file a written
request with the municipal or school district clerk as appropriate. All requests must be
filed during the time for notice of contest of the primary or election for which a recount
is sought.
new text end

new text begin (d) Upon receipt of a request made pursuant to this section, the county auditor
shall recount the votes for a county office at the expense of the county, the governing
body of the municipality shall recount the votes for a municipal office at the expense of
the municipality, and the school board of the school district shall recount the votes for a
school district office at the expense of the school district.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Discretionary candidate recounts. new text end

new text begin (a) A losing candidate for nomination
or election to a county, municipal, or school district office may request a recount in the
manner provided in this section at the candidate's own expense when the vote difference
is greater than the difference required by subdivision 1. The votes must be manually
recounted as provided in this section if the requesting candidate files with the county
auditor, municipal clerk, or school district clerk a bond, cash, or surety in an amount set by
the governing body of the jurisdiction or the school board of the school district for the
payment of the recount expenses.
new text end

new text begin (b) The requesting candidate may provide the filing officer with a list of up to three
precincts that are to be recounted first and may waive the balance of the recount after these
precincts have been counted. If the candidate provides a list, the recount official must
determine the expenses for those precincts in the manner provided by this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (c) If the winner of the race is changed by the optional recount, the cost of the
recount must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the recount.
new text end

new text begin (d) If a result of the vote counting in the manual recount is different from the result
of the vote counting reported on election day by a margin greater than the standard for
acceptable performance of voting systems provided in section 206.89, subdivision 4, the
cost of the recount must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the recount.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Discretionary ballot question recounts. new text end

new text begin A recount may be conducted
for a ballot question when the difference between the votes for and the votes against the
question is less than or equal to the difference provided in subdivision 1. A recount may
be requested by any person eligible to vote on the ballot question. A written request for a
recount must be filed with the filing officer of the county, municipality, or school district
placing the question on the ballot and must be accompanied by a petition containing the
signatures of 25 voters eligible to vote on the question. Upon receipt of a written request
when the difference between the votes for and the votes against the question is less than or
equal to the difference provided in subdivision 1, the county auditor shall recount the votes
for a county question at the expense of the county, the governing body of the municipality
shall recount the votes for a municipal question at the expense of the municipality, and the
school board of the school district shall recount the votes for a school district question at
the expense of the school district. If the difference between the votes for and the votes
against the question is greater than the difference provided in subdivision 1, the person
requesting the recount shall also file with the filing officer of the county, municipality, or
school district a bond, cash, or surety in an amount set by the appropriate governing body
for the payment of recount expenses. The written request, petition, and any bond, cash,
or surety required must be filed during the time for notice of contest for the election for
which the recount is requested.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Expenses. new text end

new text begin In the case of a question, a person, or a candidate requesting a
discretionary recount, is responsible for the following expenses: the compensation of the
secretary of state, or designees, and any election judge, municipal clerk, county auditor,
administrator, or other personnel who participate in the recount; necessary supplies and
travel related to the recount; the compensation of the appropriate canvassing board and
costs of preparing for the canvass of recount results; and any attorney fees incurred in
connection with the recount by the governing body responsible for the recount.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Notice of contest. new text end

new text begin Except as otherwise provided in section 209.021, the
time for notice of contest of a nomination or election to an office which is recounted
pursuant to this section begins to run upon certification of the results of the recount by the
appropriate canvassing board or governing body.
new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin [204E.06] NOTICE.
new text end

new text begin Within 24 hours after determining that an automatic recount is required or within 48
hours of receipt of a written request for a recount and filing of a security deposit if one is
required, the official in charge of the recount shall send notice to the candidates for the
office to be recounted and the county auditor of each county wholly or partially within
the election district. The notice must include the date, starting time, and location of the
recount, the office to be recounted, and the name of the official performing the recount.
The notice must state that the recount is open to the public and, in case of an automatic
recount, that the losing candidate may waive the recount.
new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin [204E.07] SECURING BALLOTS AND MATERIALS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The official who has custody of the voted ballots is responsible for keeping
secure all election materials. Registration cards of voters who registered on election day
may be processed as required by rule. All other election materials must be kept secure by
precinct as returned by the election judges until all recounts have been completed and until
the time for contest of election has expired.
new text end

new text begin (b) Any candidate for an office to be recounted may have all materials relating
to the election, including, but not limited to, polling place rosters, voter registration
applications, accepted absentee ballot envelopes, rejected absentee ballot envelopes,
applications for absentee ballots, precinct summary statements, printouts from voting
machines, and precinct incident logs inspected before the canvassing board may certify
the results of the recount.
new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [204E.08] FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT.
new text end

new text begin All recounts must be accessible to the public. In a multicounty recount the secretary
of state may locate the recount in one or more of the election jurisdictions or at the site of
the canvassing board. Each election jurisdiction where a recount is conducted shall make
available, without charge to the recount official or body conducting the recount, adequate
accessible space and all necessary equipment and facilities.
new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin [204E.09] GENERAL PROCEDURES.
new text end

new text begin At the opening of a recount, the recount official or legal adviser shall present the
procedures contained in this section for the recount. The custodian of the ballots shall
make available to the recount official the precinct summary statements, the precinct boxes
or the sealed containers of voted ballots, and any other election materials requested by the
recount official. If the recount official needs to leave the room for any reason, the recount
official must designate a deputy recount official to preside during the recount official's
absence. A recount official must be in the room at all times. The containers of voted ballots
must be unsealed and resealed within public view. No ballots or election materials may be
handled by candidates, their representatives, or members of the public. There must be an
area of the room from which the public may observe the recount. Cell phones and video
cameras may be used in this public viewing area, as long as their use is not disruptive. The
recount official shall arrange the counting of the ballots so that the candidates and their
representatives may observe the ballots as they are recounted. Candidates may each have
one representative observe the sorting of each precinct. One additional representative per
candidate may observe the ballots when they have been sorted and are being counted
pursuant to section 204E.10. Candidates may have additional representatives in the public
viewing area of the room. If other election materials are handled or examined by the
recount officials, the candidates and their representatives may observe them. The recount
official shall ensure that public observation does not interfere with the counting of the
ballots. The recount official shall prepare a summary of the recount vote by precinct.
new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin [204E.10] COUNTING AND CHALLENGING BALLOTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Breaks in counting process. new text end

new text begin Recount officials may not take a break
for a meal or for the day prior to the completion of the sorting, counting, review, and
labeling of challenges, and secure storage of the ballots for any precinct. All challenged
ballots must be stored securely during breaks in the counting process.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Sorting ballots. new text end

new text begin Ballots must be recounted by precinct. The recount
official shall open the sealed container of ballots and recount them in accordance with
section 204C.22. The recount official must review each ballot and sort the ballots into
piles based upon the recount official's determination as to which candidate, if any, the
voter intended to vote for: one pile for each candidate that is the subject of the recount
and one pile for all other ballots.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Challenge. new text end

new text begin During the sorting, a candidate or candidate's representative
may challenge the ballot if the candidate's representative disagrees with the recount
official's determination of the person for whom the ballot should be counted and whether
there are identifying marks on the ballot. At a recount of a ballot question, the manner
in which a ballot is counted may be challenged by the person who requested the recount
or that person's representative. Challenges may not be automatic or frivolous and the
challenger must state the basis for the challenge pursuant to section 204C.22. Challenged
ballots must be placed into separate piles, one for ballots challenged by each candidate.
Only the canvassing board with responsibility to certify the results of the recount has the
authority to declare a challenge to be "frivolous."
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Counting ballots. new text end

new text begin Once ballots have been sorted, the recount officials must
count the piles using the stacking method described in section 204C.21. A candidate or
candidate's representative may immediately request to have a pile of 25 counted a second
time if there is not agreement as to the number of votes in the pile.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Reviewing and labeling challenged ballots. new text end

new text begin After the ballots from
a precinct have been counted, the recount official may review the challenged ballots
with the candidate or the candidate's representative. The candidate's representative may
choose to withdraw any challenges previously made. The precinct name, the reason
for the challenge, and the name of the person challenging the ballot or the candidate
that person represents, and a sequential number must be marked on the back of each
remaining challenged ballot before it is placed in an envelope marked "Challenged
Ballots." After the count of votes for the precinct has been determined, all ballots except
the challenged ballots must be resealed in the ballot envelopes and returned with the other
election materials to the custodian of the ballots. The recount official may make copies
of the challenged ballots. After the count of votes for all precincts has been determined
during that day of counting, the challenged ballot envelope must be sealed and kept secure
for presentation to the canvassing board.
new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin [204E.11] RESULTS OF RECOUNT; TIE VOTES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Certification of results. new text end

new text begin The recount official shall present the
summary statement of the recount and any challenged ballots to the canvassing board.
The candidate or candidate's representative who made the challenge may present the
basis for the challenge to the canvassing board. The canvassing board shall rule on the
challenged ballots and incorporate the results into the summary statement. The canvassing
board shall certify the results of the recount. Challenged ballots must be returned to the
election official who has custody of the ballots.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Tie votes. new text end

new text begin In case of a tie vote for nomination or election to an office, the
canvassing board with the responsibility for declaring the results for that office shall
determine the tie by lot.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [204E.12] SECURITY DEPOSIT.
new text end

new text begin When a bond, cash, or surety for recount expenses is required by section 204E.04
or 204E.05, the governing body or recount official shall set the amount of the security
deposit at an amount which will cover expected recount expenses. In multicounty districts,
the secretary of state shall set the amount taking into consideration the expenses of the
election jurisdictions in the district and the expenses of the secretary of state. The security
deposit must be filed during the period for requesting an administrative recount. In
determining the expenses of the recount, only the actual recount expenditures incurred
by the recount official and the election jurisdiction in conducting the recount may be
included. General office and operating costs may not be taken into account.
new text end

Sec. 14. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin Except where otherwise amended by this article, the revisor of statutes shall
renumber each section of Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in
column B. The revisor shall make necessary cross-reference changes consistent with the
renumbering.
new text end

new text begin Column A
new text end
new text begin Column B
new text end
new text begin 204C.34
new text end
new text begin 204E.11, subdivision 2
new text end
new text begin 204C.35
new text end
new text begin 204E.04
new text end
new text begin 204C.36
new text end
new text begin 204E.05
new text end

Sec. 15. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 204C.34; 204C.35; 204C.36; and 204C.361, new text end new text begin are
repealed.
new text end

Sec. 16. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This article is effective June 1, 2011, and applies to recounts conducted on or after
that date.
new text end