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1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/01/2013 03:25pm

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to elections; making policy, technical, and clarifying changes to various
1.3provisions related to election law, including provisions related to redistricting,
1.4voting, absentee voting, vacancies in nomination, recounts, challengers,
1.5and election administration; providing early voting; modifying eligibility
1.6requirements for voting by absentee ballot; establishing the Uniform Faithful
1.7Presidential Electors Act; changing the date of the state primary from August to
1.8June; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 13.851,
1.9subdivision 10; 103C.225, subdivision 3; 103C.305, subdivision 3; 103C.311,
1.10subdivision 2; 201.022, subdivision 1; 201.054, subdivision 2, by adding a
1.11subdivision; 201.071, subdivision 2; 201.091, subdivision 8; 201.12, subdivision
1.123; 201.13, subdivision 1a; 201.14; 201.157; 201.275; 202A.14, subdivision 1;
1.13203B.001; 203B.01, by adding a subdivision; 203B.02, subdivision 1; 203B.03,
1.14subdivision 1; 203B.04, subdivisions 1, 5; 203B.05, subdivision 1; 203B.06,
1.15subdivisions 1, 3; 203B.065; 203B.08, subdivision 3; 203B.081; 203B.085;
1.16203B.121, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 5, by adding a subdivision; 203B.227; 203B.28;
1.17204B.04, by adding a subdivision; 204B.07, subdivision 2; 204B.13, subdivisions
1.181, 2, 5, by adding subdivisions; 204B.14, subdivisions 2, 4; 204B.18, subdivision
1.192; 204B.21, subdivision 1; 204B.22, subdivisions 1, 2; 204B.28, subdivisions 1, 2;
1.20204B.32, subdivision 1; 204B.33; 204B.35, subdivision 4; 204B.36, subdivision
1.211; 204B.45, subdivisions 1, 2; 204B.46; 204C.07, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, by adding a
1.22subdivision; 204C.14; 204C.15, subdivision 1; 204C.19, subdivision 2; 204C.25;
1.23204C.27; 204C.35, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 204C.36, subdivision
1.241; 204D.03, subdivision 1; 204D.08, subdivision 6; 204D.09, subdivisions 1, 2;
1.25204D.11, subdivisions 1, 4, 5, 6; 204D.13, subdivision 3; 204D.14, subdivisions
1.261, 3; 204D.15, subdivision 3; 204D.16; 204D.165; 204D.19, subdivision 2, by
1.27adding a subdivision; 204D.28, subdivision 5; 205.02, subdivision 2; 205.065,
1.28subdivisions 1, 2; 205.10, subdivision 3; 205.13, subdivision 1a, by adding a
1.29subdivision; 205.16, subdivisions 4, 5; 205.17, subdivisions 1, 3; 205A.03,
1.30subdivisions 1, 2; 205A.04, by adding a subdivision; 205A.05, subdivisions 1,
1.312; 205A.06, subdivision 1a, by adding a subdivision; 205A.07, subdivisions 3,
1.323a, 3b; 205A.08, subdivision 1; 205A.11, subdivision 2a; 206.61, subdivisions
1.334, 5; 206.82, subdivisions 1, 2; 206.83; 206.89, subdivisions 2, 3; 206.895;
1.34206.90, subdivision 6; 208.02; 208.03; 208.04, subdivisions 1, 2; 208.06;
1.35209.01, subdivision 2; 211B.045; 211B.37; 241.065, subdivision 2; 340A.416,
1.36subdivisions 2, 3; 340A.602; 375.20; 447.32, subdivisions 2, 3, 4; Laws 1963,
1.37chapter 276, section 2, subdivision 2, as amended; proposing coding for new law
1.38in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 2; 203B; 204B; 208; 244; repealing Minnesota
1.39Statutes 2012, sections 2.444; 2.484; 203B.04, subdivision 6; 204B.12,
2.1subdivision 2a; 204B.13, subdivisions 4, 6; 204B.42; 204D.11, subdivisions 2, 3;
2.2205.17, subdivisions 2, 4; 205A.08, subdivision 4; 208.07; 208.08.
2.3BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

2.4ARTICLE 1
2.5REDISTRICTING

2.6    Section 1. [2.395] THIRTY-NINTH DISTRICT.
2.7    Subdivision 1. Senate district. Senate District 39 consists of that district as
2.8described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie,
2.9No. A11-152 (February 21, 2012).
2.10    Subd. 2. House of representatives districts. Notwithstanding the order of the
2.11Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie, No. A11-152 (February
2.1221, 2012), Senate District 39, as described in that order, is divided into two house of
2.13representatives districts as follows:
2.14(a) House of Representatives District 39A consists of that district as described in
2.15file L39A-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative
2.16Coordinating Commission and published on its Web site on March 9, 2012.
2.17(b) House of Representatives District 39B consists of that district as described in
2.18file L39B-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative
2.19Coordinating Commission and published on its Web site on March 9, 2012.

2.20    Sec. 2. [2.495] FORTY-NINTH DISTRICT.
2.21    Subdivision 1. Senate district. Senate District 49 consists of that district as
2.22described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie,
2.23No. A11-152 (February 21, 2012).
2.24    Subd. 2. House of representatives districts. Notwithstanding the order of the
2.25Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie, No. A11-152 (February 21,
2.262012), Senate District 49 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows:
2.27(a) House of Representatives District 49A consists of the district as described in
2.28that order, with the modification contained in file L49A-2, on file with the Geographic
2.29Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on
2.30its Web site on March 28, 2012.
2.31(b) House of Representatives District 49B consists of the district as described in
2.32that order, with the modification contained in file L49B-2, on file with the Geographic
2.33Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on
2.34its Web site on March 28, 2012.

3.1    Sec. 3. REPEALER.
3.2Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 2.444; and 2.484, are repealed.

3.3    Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.
3.4This article is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted
3.5in 2014 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2015, and for all
3.6elections held thereafter.

3.7ARTICLE 2
3.8EARLY VOTING

3.9    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
3.10    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The secretary of state shall maintain a statewide
3.11voter registration system to facilitate voter registration and to provide a central database
3.12containing voter registration information from around the state. The system must be
3.13accessible to the county auditor of each county in the state. The system must also:
3.14(1) provide for voters to submit their voter registration applications to any county
3.15auditor, the secretary of state, or the Department of Public Safety;
3.16(2) provide for the definition, establishment, and maintenance of a central database
3.17for all voter registration information;
3.18(3) provide for entering data into the statewide registration system;
3.19(4) provide for electronic transfer of completed voter registration applications from
3.20the Department of Public Safety to the secretary of state or the county auditor;
3.21(5) assign a unique identifier to each legally registered voter in the state;
3.22(6) provide for the acceptance of the Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota
3.23state identification number, and last four digits of the Social Security number for each
3.24voter record;
3.25(7) coordinate with other agency databases within the state;
3.26(8) allow county auditors and the secretary of state to add or modify information in
3.27the system to provide for accurate and up-to-date records;
3.28(9) allow county auditors, municipal and school district clerks, and the secretary
3.29of state to have electronic access to the statewide registration system for review and
3.30search capabilities;
3.31(10) provide security and protection of all information in the statewide registration
3.32system and ensure that unauthorized access is not allowed;
3.33(11) provide access to municipal clerks to use the system;
4.1(12) provide a system for each county to identify the precinct to which a voter
4.2should be assigned for voting purposes;
4.3(13) provide daily reports accessible by county auditors on the driver's license
4.4numbers, state identification numbers, or last four digits of the Social Security numbers
4.5submitted on voter registration applications that have been verified as accurate by the
4.6secretary of state; and
4.7(14) provide reports on the number of absentee ballots transmitted to and returned
4.8and cast by voters under section 203B.16.; and
4.9(15) provide reports necessary for early voting.
4.10The appropriate state or local official shall provide security measures to prevent
4.11unauthorized access to the computerized list established under section 201.021.

4.12    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.001, is amended to read:
4.13203B.001 ELECTION LAW APPLICABILITY.
4.14The Minnesota Election Law is applicable to voting by absentee ballot and early
4.15voting unless otherwise provided in this chapter.

4.16    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.17to read:
4.18    Subd. 5. Early voting. "Early voting" means voting in person before election day
4.19at the office of the county auditor or designated municipal clerk within the time period
4.20provided in section 203B.31.

4.21    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.085, is amended to read:
4.22203B.085 COUNTY AUDITOR'S AND MUNICIPAL CLERK'S OFFICES TO
4.23REMAIN OPEN DURING CERTAIN HOURS PRECEDING ELECTION.
4.24The county auditor's office in each county and the clerk's office in each city or
4.25town authorized under section 203B.05 to administer absentee balloting must be open
4.26for acceptance of absentee ballot applications and casting of absentee ballots from 8:00
4.27a.m. to 12:00 noon on the day immediately preceding a federal, state, or county election,
4.28unless that day falls on a Sunday. When performing the duties of the county auditor in
4.29an election not held in conjunction with a federal, state, or county election, the clerk's
4.30office must be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 5:00 p.m. on the
4.31day immediately preceding a primary, special, or general election unless that day falls
4.32on a Saturday or Sunday. Town clerks' offices must be open for absentee voting from
4.3310:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Saturday before a town general election held in March.
5.1The school district clerk, when performing the county auditor's election duties, need not
5.2comply with this section.

5.3    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
5.4    Subdivision 1. Establishment; applicable laws. (a) The governing body of each
5.5county, municipality, and school district with responsibility to accept and reject absentee
5.6ballots or to administer early voting must, by ordinance or resolution, establish a ballot
5.7board. The board must consist of a sufficient number of election judges trained in the
5.8handling of absentee ballots and appointed as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22.
5.9The board may include staff trained as election judges.
5.10(b) Each jurisdiction must pay a reasonable compensation to each member of that
5.11jurisdiction's ballot board for services rendered during an election.
5.12(c) Except as otherwise provided by this section, all provisions of the Minnesota
5.13Election Law apply to a ballot board.

5.14    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, is amended by adding a
5.15subdivision to read:
5.16    Subd. 2a. Duties of ballot board; early voting. The members of the ballot board
5.17shall administer the process of early voting as prescribed in section 203B.35, and shall
5.18make a record of voters who cast ballots early and count those ballots as provided in
5.19subdivisions 4 and 5.

5.20    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
5.21    Subd. 3. Record of voting. (a) When applicable, the county auditor or municipal
5.22clerk must immediately record that a voter's absentee ballot has been accepted or that the
5.23voter has cast a ballot pursuant to the early voting procedures provided in this chapter. A
5.24voter whose record indicates that the voter has cast an early ballot must not be permitted
5.25to cast another ballot in that election. After the close of business on the fourth day before
5.26the election day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in section
5.27203B.31, a voter whose record indicates that an absentee ballot has been accepted or cast
5.28must not be permitted to cast another ballot at that election. In a state primary, general, or
5.29state special election for federal or, state, or county office, the auditor or clerk must also
5.30record this information in the statewide voter registration system.
5.31(b) The roster must be marked, and a supplemental report of absentee and early
5.32 voters who submitted a voter registration application with their ballot must be created, no
6.1later than the start of voting on election day to indicate the voters that have already cast a
6.2ballot at the election. The roster may be marked either:
6.3(1) by the county auditor or municipal clerk before election day;
6.4(2) by the ballot board before election day; or
6.5(3) by the election judges at the polling place on election day.
6.6The record of a voter whose absentee ballot was received after the close of business
6.7on the fourth day before the election is not required to be marked on the roster or contained
6.8in a supplemental report as required by this paragraph.

6.9    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
6.10    Subd. 4. Opening of envelopes. After the close of business on the fourth day
6.11before the election day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in
6.12section 203B.31, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted" may be opened,
6.13duplicated as needed in the manner provided in section 206.86, subdivision 5, initialed by
6.14the members of the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box. If more than
6.15one ballot is enclosed in the ballot envelope, the ballots must be returned in the manner
6.16provided by section 204C.25 for return of spoiled ballots, and may not be counted.

6.17    Sec. 9. [203B.30] EARLY VOTING.
6.18Any eligible voter may vote in person before election day in the manner provided
6.19in sections 203B.31 to 203B.35.

6.20    Sec. 10. [203B.31] TIME PERIOD FOR EARLY VOTING.
6.21Early voting must be available to any eligible voter as provided in section 203B.32
6.22for every primary, general, and special election for federal, state, or county office from 15
6.23days before the election through 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election. All voters
6.24in line at 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election must be allowed to vote in the
6.25same manner as provided in section 204C.05, subdivision 2.

6.26    Sec. 11. [203B.32] HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING.
6.27Early voting must be available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on
6.28each weekday during the time period provided in section 203B.31, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
6.29p.m. on at least one weekday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the two Saturdays
6.30before the election.

6.31    Sec. 12. [203B.33] LOCATIONS FOR EARLY VOTING.
7.1(a) Early voting must be made available at polling places designated in the county
7.2auditor's offices in county-owned or operated buildings and at the municipal clerk's office
7.3in every municipality that has been delegated the responsibility to administer absentee
7.4voting as provided in section 203B.05. At least one voting station and one ballot marking
7.5device for disabled voters must be made available in each polling place.
7.6(b) The county auditor must make an electronic ballot counter available in each
7.7polling place.

7.8    Sec. 13. [203B.34] NOTICE TO VOTERS.
7.9The county auditor must prepare a notice to the voters of the days, times, and
7.10locations for early voting. This notice must be posted on the county's Web site and the
7.11Web site for each municipality in the county where an early voting location is designated
7.12for the election at least 14 days before the first day for early voting. If a county or
7.13municipality does not have a Web site, the county auditor or municipal clerk must publish
7.14the notice at least once in the jurisdiction's official newspaper at least seven days and not
7.15more than 14 days before the first day for early voting.

7.16    Sec. 14. [203B.35] PROCEDURES FOR EARLY VOTING.
7.17    Subdivision 1. Voting procedure. Each voter shall sign the certification provided in
7.18section 204C.10. An individual who is not registered to vote must register in the manner
7.19provided in section 201.061, subdivision 3.
7.20After the voter has signed the certification, a member of the ballot board must
7.21provide a ballot to the voter. Ballots must be prepared and distributed by members of the
7.22ballot board in the manner provided in section 204C.09. The voter must mark the ballot
7.23and deposit it in a precinct voting system. A voter may not leave the polling place with
7.24the ballot.
7.25    Subd. 2. Processing of ballots. Ballots cast pursuant to sections 203B.30 to
7.26203B.35 must be processed and counted by a ballot board.

7.27    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.28, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
7.28    Subd. 2. Election supplies; duties of county auditors and clerks. (a) Except as
7.29otherwise provided for absentee ballots in this section and in section 204B.35, subdivision
7.304
, the county auditor shall complete the preparation of the election materials for which
7.31the auditor is responsible at least four days before every state primary and state general
7.32election. At any time after all election materials are available from the county auditor
8.1but not later than four days before the election each municipal clerk shall secure from
8.2the county auditor:
8.3(a) (1) the forms that are required for the conduct of the election;
8.4(b) (2) any printed voter instruction materials furnished by the secretary of state;
8.5(c) (3) any other instructions for election officers; and
8.6(d) (4) a sufficient quantity of the official ballots, registration files, envelopes for
8.7ballot returns, and other supplies and materials required for each precinct in order to
8.8comply with the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law. The county auditor may
8.9furnish the election supplies to the municipal clerks in the same manner as the supplies are
8.10furnished to precincts in unorganized territory pursuant to section 204B.29, subdivision 1.
8.11(b) The county auditor must prepare and make available election materials for early
8.12voting to city clerks designed to administer early voting under section 203B.05 at least
8.13one day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in section 203B.31.

8.14    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.82, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
8.15    Subdivision 1. Program. A program or programs for use in an election conducted
8.16by means of an electronic voting system or using an electronic ballot marker shall be
8.17prepared at the direction of the county auditor or municipal clerk who is responsible for
8.18the conduct of the election and shall be independently verified by a competent person
8.19designated by that official. The term "competent person" as used in this section means a
8.20person who can demonstrate knowledge as a computer programmer and who is other than
8.21and wholly independent of any person operating or employed by the counting center or the
8.22corporation or other preparer of the program. A test deck prepared by a competent person
8.23shall be used for independent verification of the program; it shall test the maximum digits
8.24used in totaling the returns and shall be usable by insertion during the tabulation process
8.25as well as prior to tabulation. A test deck must also be prepared using the electronic ballot
8.26marker program and must also be used to verify that all valid votes counted by the vote
8.27tabulator may be selected using the electronic ballot marker. The computer program for
8.28any election and an exact duplicate of the program for use as backup must be completed
8.29and delivered to the election jurisdiction or the county auditor in charge of a common
8.30central counting center at least 27 days prior to the election. The secretary of state shall
8.31adopt rules further specifying test procedures.

8.32    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.83, is amended to read:
8.33206.83 TESTING OF VOTING SYSTEMS.
9.1Within 14 22 days before election day, the official in charge of elections shall have
9.2the voting system tested to ascertain that the system will correctly mark ballots using all
9.3methods supported by the system, including through assistive technology, and count the
9.4votes cast for all candidates and on all questions. Public notice of the time and place of the
9.5test must be given at least two days in advance by publication once in official newspapers.
9.6The test must be observed by at least two election judges, who are not of the same major
9.7political party, and must be open to representatives of the political parties, candidates, the
9.8press, and the public. The test must be conducted by (1) processing a preaudited group
9.9of ballots punched or marked to record a predetermined number of valid votes for each
9.10candidate and on each question, and must include for each office one or more ballot cards
9.11which have votes in excess of the number allowed by law in order to test the ability of
9.12the voting system tabulator and electronic ballot marker to reject those votes; and (2)
9.13processing an additional test deck of ballots marked using the electronic ballot marker
9.14for the precinct, including ballots marked using the electronic ballot display, audio ballot
9.15reader, and any assistive voting technology used with the electronic ballot marker. If any
9.16error is detected, the cause must be ascertained and corrected and an errorless count must
9.17be made before the voting system may be used in the election. After the completion of
9.18the test, the programs used and ballot cards must be sealed, retained, and disposed of as
9.19provided for paper ballots.

9.20    Sec. 18. APPROPRIATION.
9.21$....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2014 from the general fund to the secretary
9.22of state to implement this article.

9.23    Sec. 19. EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.
9.24The provisions of this article related to early voting are effective when the secretary
9.25of state has certified that:
9.26(1) the statewide voter registration system has been tested and shown to properly
9.27allow for the tracking of the information required to conduct early voting, and can handle
9.28the expected volume of use; and
9.29(2) precinct voting equipment that can tabulate at least 30 different ballot styles
9.30has been certified for use in this state. Upon certification pursuant to this section, the
9.31provisions of this article related to early voting apply to all federal, state, and county
9.32elections held on August 1, 2014, and thereafter. A jurisdiction may implement the
9.33requirements of this article prior to the date provided in this section, if the secretary of
10.1state has made the required certifications at least 90 days prior to the date of the election at
10.2which early voting will be used.

10.3ARTICLE 3
10.4ABSENTEE VOTING

10.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
10.6    Subdivision 1. Unable to go to polling place Absentee voting; eligibility. (a) Any
10.7eligible voter who reasonably expects to be unable to go to the polling place on election
10.8day in the precinct where the individual maintains residence because of absence from the
10.9precinct; illness, including isolation or quarantine under sections 144.419 to 144.4196
10.10 or United States Code, title 42, sections 264 to 272; disability; religious discipline;
10.11observance of a religious holiday; or service as an election judge in another precinct may
10.12vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections 203B.04 to 203B.15.
10.13(b) If the governor has declared an emergency and filed the declaration with the
10.14secretary of state under section 12.31, and the declaration states that the emergency has
10.15made it difficult for voters to go to the polling place on election day, any voter in a
10.16precinct covered by the declaration may vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections
10.17203B.04 to 203B.15.

10.18    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
10.19    Subdivision 1. Violation. No individual shall intentionally:
10.20(a) (1) make or sign any false certificate or oath required by this chapter;
10.21(b) (2) make any false or untrue statement in any application or request for absentee
10.22ballots;
10.23(c) (3) apply for absentee ballots more than once in any election with the intent
10.24to cast an illegal ballot;
10.25(d) (4) exhibit a ballot marked by that individual to any other individual;
10.26(e) (5) do any act in violation of the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of
10.27casting an illegal vote in any precinct or for the purpose of aiding another to cast an
10.28illegal vote;
10.29(f) (6) use information from absentee ballot or early voting materials or records for
10.30purposes unrelated to elections, political activities, or law enforcement;
10.31(g) (7) provide assistance to an absentee or early voter except in the manner provided
10.32by section 204C.15, subdivision 1;
10.33(h) (8) solicit the vote of an absentee or early voter while in the immediate presence
10.34of the voter during the time the individual knows the absentee or early voter is voting; or
11.1(i) (9) alter an absentee ballot application after it has been signed by the voter,
11.2except by an election official for administrative purposes.
11.3Before inspecting information from absentee ballot or early voting materials or
11.4records, an individual shall provide identification to the public official having custody of
11.5the material or information.

11.6    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
11.7    Subdivision 1. Application procedures. (a) Except as otherwise allowed by
11.8subdivision 2 or by section 203B.11, subdivision 4, an application for absentee ballots for
11.9any election may be submitted at any time not less than one day before the day of that
11.10election. The county auditor shall prepare absentee ballot application forms in the format
11.11provided by the secretary of state and shall furnish them to any person on request. By
11.12January 1 of each even-numbered year, the secretary of state shall make the forms to be
11.13used available to auditors through electronic means. An application submitted pursuant to
11.14this subdivision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to:
11.15    (1) the county auditor of the county where the applicant maintains residence; or
11.16    (2) the municipal clerk of the municipality, or school district if applicable, where
11.17the applicant maintains residence.
11.18    (b) An application shall be approved if it is timely received, signed and dated by
11.19the applicant, contains the applicant's name and residence and mailing addresses, date
11.20of birth, and at least one of the following:
11.21(1) the applicant's Minnesota driver's license number;
11.22(2) Minnesota state identification card number;
11.23(3) the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number; or
11.24(4) a statement that the applicant does not have any of these numbers.
11.25(c) To be approved, the application must state that the applicant is eligible to vote by
11.26absentee ballot for one of the reasons specified in section 203B.02, and must contain an oath
11.27that the information contained on the form is accurate, that the applicant is applying on the
11.28applicant's own behalf, and that the applicant is signing the form under penalty of perjury.
11.29(d) An applicant's full date of birth, Minnesota driver's license or state identification
11.30number, and the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number must not be
11.31made available for public inspection. An application may be submitted to the county
11.32auditor or municipal clerk by an electronic facsimile device. An application mailed or
11.33returned in person to the county auditor or municipal clerk on behalf of a voter by a
11.34person other than the voter must be deposited in the mail or returned in person to the
11.35county auditor or municipal clerk within ten days after it has been dated by the voter and
12.1no later than six days before the election. The absentee ballot applications or a list of
12.2persons applying for an absentee ballot may not be made available for public inspection
12.3until the close of voting on election day.
12.4    (e) An application under this subdivision may contain an application under
12.5subdivision 5 to automatically receive an absentee ballot application.

12.6    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
12.7    Subd. 5. Permanent illness or disability absentee voter status. (a) An eligible
12.8voter who reasonably expects to be permanently unable to go to the polling place on
12.9election day because of illness or disability may apply to a county auditor or municipal
12.10clerk under this section to automatically receive an absentee ballot application before each
12.11election, other than an election by mail conducted under section 204B.45, and to have the
12.12status as a permanent absentee voter indicated on the voter's registration record.
12.13(b) A voter who applies under paragraph (a), must automatically be provided an
12.14absentee ballot for each eligible election. Ballots sent in accordance with this section must
12.15be sent by nonforwardable mail. A voter's permanent absentee status ends and automatic
12.16ballot delivery must be terminated on:
12.17(1) the voter's written request;
12.18(2) the voter's death;
12.19(3) return of a permanent absentee ballot as undeliverable; or
12.20(4) a change in the voter's status to "challenged" or "inactive" in the statewide voter
12.21registration system.
12.22(c) The secretary of state shall adopt rules governing procedures under this
12.23subdivision.

12.24    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
12.25    Subdivision 1. Printing and delivery of forms. Each county auditor and municipal
12.26clerk shall prepare and print a sufficient number of blank application forms for absentee
12.27ballots. The county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver a blank application form to
12.28any voter who requests one pursuant to section 203B.04. Blank application forms must be
12.29mailed to eligible voters who have requested an application pursuant to section 203B.04,
12.30subdivision 5
or 6, at least 60 days before:
12.31(1) each regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board
12.32office;
12.33(2) each regularly scheduled general election for city or school board office for
12.34which a primary is not held; and
13.1(3) a special primary to fill a federal or county office vacancy or special election to
13.2fill a federal or county office vacancy, if a primary is not required to be held pursuant to
13.3section 204D.03, subdivision 3, or 204D.07, subdivision 3; and
13.4(4) any election held in conjunction with an election described in clauses (1) to (3);
13.5or at least 45 days before any other primary or other election for which a primary is not held.

13.6    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.065, is amended to read:
13.7203B.065 USING THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM.
13.8(a) Upon accepting an application for a state primary or state general election, the
13.9county auditor or municipal clerk shall record in the statewide voter registration system the
13.10voter's name, date of birth, address of residence in Minnesota, mailing address, Minnesota
13.11driver's license or state identification number, or the last four digits of the voter's Social
13.12Security number, if provided by the voter. Upon acceptance of an absentee ballot
13.13application of a voter who is registered to vote at an address different from the residential
13.14address certified on the absentee ballot application, the voter registration record with the
13.15previous address shall be challenged. Once the absentee ballot has been transmitted to the
13.16voter, the method of transmission and the date of transmission must be recorded.
13.17(b) Upon receipt of a returned absentee ballot for a state primary or state general
13.18election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall record in the statewide voter
13.19registration system that the voter has returned the ballot.
13.20(c) Upon receipt of notice that the ballot board has accepted or rejected the absentee
13.21ballot for a state primary or state general election, the county auditor or municipal clerk
13.22shall record in the statewide voter registration system whether the ballot was accepted or
13.23rejected, and if rejected, the reason for rejection. If a replacement ballot is transmitted to
13.24the voter, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall record this in the statewide voter
13.25registration system.
13.26(d) The labels provided for envelopes used for transmitting an absentee ballot to
13.27and from an applicant for an absentee ballot for a state primary or state general election
13.28must contain bar codes generated by the statewide voter registration system to facilitate
13.29the recording required under this section. A county auditor or municipal clerk entering
13.30information into the statewide voter registration system under this section must include the
13.31information provided on the bar code label whenever information is entered into the system.

13.32    Sec. 7. EXPLANATION OF ABSENTEE BALLOT CHANGES; COUNTY
13.33AUDITOR DUTIES.
14.1No later than 60 days prior to the date of the state primary in 2014, each county
14.2auditor shall mail an explanation of the changes to the permanent absentee balloting
14.3process and an updated permanent absentee voter application to every voter with permanent
14.4absentee ballot status in the county auditor's county. Each county auditor shall also mail
14.5this explanation to every voter in the county auditor's county with ongoing absentee ballot
14.6status on the voter's voter record as of the effective date of this article. A voter must return
14.7the application to maintain the voter's status as a permanent absentee voter.
14.8Upon receipt of a completed application, the county auditor shall scan and retain an
14.9image of the application until the permanent absentee voter's status ends.

14.10    Sec. 8. REPEALER.
14.11Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 6, is repealed.

14.12    Sec. 9. EFFECTIVE DATE.
14.13This article is effective January 1, 2014, and applies to voting at elections conducted
14.14on the date of the state primary in 2014 and thereafter.

14.15ARTICLE 4
14.16VACANCIES IN NOMINATION

14.17    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
14.18    Subdivision 1. Death or withdrawal Partisan office. (a) A vacancy in nomination
14.19may for a partisan office must be filled in the manner provided by this section. A vacancy
14.20in nomination exists for a partisan office when: (1) a major political party candidate
14.21or nonpartisan candidate who was nominated at a primary dies or files an affidavit of
14.22withdrawal as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 2a; or(2) a candidate for a
14.23nonpartisan office, for which one or two candidates filed, who has been nominated in
14.24accordance with section 204D.03, subdivision 3, or 204D.10, subdivision 1:
14.25(1) dies;
14.26(2) withdraws as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 1.; or
14.27(3) withdraws by filing an affidavit of withdrawal, as provided in paragraph (b), at
14.28least one day prior to the general election with the same official who received the affidavit
14.29of candidacy.
14.30(b) An affidavit of withdrawal filed under paragraph (a), clause (3), must state that
14.31the candidate has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness that will permanently and
14.32continuously incapacitate the candidate and prevent the candidate from performing the
14.33duties of the office sought, if elected. The affidavit must be accompanied by a certificate
15.1verifying the candidate's illness meets the requirements of this paragraph, signed by at
15.2least two licensed physicians. The affidavit and certificate may be filed by the candidate
15.3or the candidate's legal guardian.

15.4    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
15.5    Subd. 2. Partisan office; nomination by party; special election. (a) A vacancy in
15.6nomination for partisan office shall be filled as provided in this subdivision. Except as
15.7provided in subdivision 5, a major political party has the authority to may fill a vacancy
15.8in nomination of that party's candidate as defined in subdivision 1, clause (1) or (3) by
15.9filing a one nomination certificate with the same official who received the affidavits of
15.10candidacy for that office.
15.11(b) A major political party may provide in its governing rules a procedure, including
15.12designation of an appropriate committee, to fill vacancies a vacancy in nomination for all
15.13offices elected statewide any federal or state partisan office. The nomination certificate
15.14shall be prepared under the direction of and executed by the chair and secretary of the
15.15political party and filed within seven days after the vacancy in nomination occurs or
15.16before the 14th day before the general election, whichever is sooner. If the vacancy in
15.17nomination occurs through the candidate's death or catastrophic illness, the nomination
15.18certificate must be filed within seven days after the vacancy in nomination occurs but no
15.19later than four days before the general election the timelines established in this section.
15.20 When filing the certificate the chair and secretary when filing the certificate shall attach an
15.21affidavit stating that the newly nominated candidate has been selected under the rules of
15.22the party and that the individuals signing the certificate and making the affidavit are the
15.23chair and secretary of the party.
15.24(b) In the case of a vacancy in nomination for partisan office that occurs on or before
15.25the 79th day before the general election, the major political party must file the nomination
15.26certificate no later than 71 days before the general election. The name of the candidate
15.27nominated by the party must appear on the general election ballot.
15.28(c) Except as provided in subdivision 5, in the case of a vacancy in nomination for
15.29a partisan office that occurs after the 79th day before the general election, the general
15.30election ballot shall remain unchanged, but the county and state canvassing boards must
15.31not certify the vote totals for that office from the general election, and the office must be
15.32filled at a special election held in accordance with this section. Except for the vacancy
15.33in nomination, all other candidates whose names appeared on the general election ballot
15.34for the office must appear on the special election ballot for the office. New affidavits of
15.35candidacy or nominating petitions may not be accepted, and there must not be a primary to
16.1fill the vacancy in nomination. The major political party may file a nomination certificate
16.2as provided in paragraph (a), no later than seven days after the general election. On the
16.3date of the general election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall post a notice
16.4in each precinct affected by a vacancy in nomination under this paragraph, informing
16.5voters of the statutory reason for the vacancy in nomination as provided in subdivision 1,
16.6paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3), and the procedures for filling the vacancy in nomination
16.7and conducting a special election as required by this section. The secretary of state shall
16.8prepare and electronically distribute the notice to county auditors in each county affected
16.9by a vacancy in nomination.

16.10    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
16.11to read:
16.12    Subd. 2a. Partisan office; filing period. A vacancy in nomination for a partisan
16.13office due to a withdrawal of a candidate under section 204B.12, subdivision 1, may
16.14be filled in the manner provided in sections 204B.06, 204B.09, and 204B.11, except
16.15that all documents and fees required by those sections must be filed within five days
16.16after the vacancy in nomination occurs. There must be a two-day period for withdrawal
16.17of candidates after the last day for filing.
16.18If there is more than one candidate at the end of the withdrawal period to fill
16.19the vacancy in nomination, the candidates' names must appear on the primary ballot.
16.20Otherwise, the candidate's name must appear on the general election ballot.

16.21    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
16.22    Subd. 5. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. (a) If a vacancy in
16.23nomination for a major political party occurs in the race for governor, the political party
16.24must nominate the candidates for both governor and lieutenant governor. If a vacancy
16.25in nomination for a major political party occurs in the race for lieutenant governor,
16.26 the candidate for governor determined under this section shall select the candidate for
16.27lieutenant governor. If a vacancy in nomination occurs in the race for lieutenant governor,
16.28due to a vacancy in nomination for governor or due to the withdrawal or death of the
16.29candidate for lieutenant governor, the candidate for governor shall select the candidate for
16.30lieutenant governor as provided in this subdivision.
16.31(b) For a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor that occurs on or before the
16.3216th 79th day before the general election, the name of the lieutenant governor candidate
16.33must be submitted by the governor candidate to the filing officer within seven days after
16.34the vacancy occurs, or before the 14th day before the general election, whichever is sooner
17.1 no later than 71 days before the general election. If the vacancy in nomination occurs
17.2through the death or catastrophic illness of the candidate for lieutenant governor occurs
17.3after the 79th day before the general election, the candidate for governor shall submit the
17.4name of the new lieutenant governor candidate to the secretary of state within seven days
17.5after the vacancy in nomination occurs but no later than four days before the general
17.6election. If the vacancy in nomination occurs through the death or catastrophic illness
17.7of the candidate for governor, the new candidate for governor shall submit the name of
17.8the lieutenant governor candidate within seven days after the vacancy in nomination for
17.9governor is filled under section 204B.13, subdivision 2, but no later than four days before
17.10the general election. occurs, but no changes may be made to the general election ballots.
17.11(c) When a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor occurs after the 79th day
17.12before the general election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall post a notice in
17.13each precinct affected by the vacancy in nomination. The secretary of state shall prepare
17.14and electronically distribute the notice to county auditors. The county auditor must ensure
17.15that each precinct in the county receives the notice prior to the opening of the polls on
17.16election day. The notice must include:
17.17(1) a statement that there is a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor and the
17.18statutory reason for the vacancy in nomination as provided in subdivision 1, paragraph
17.19(a), clauses (1) and (3);
17.20(2) a statement that the results for the governor and lieutenant governor will be
17.21counted and that no special election will be held for that race; and
17.22(3) a list of all candidates in the governor and lieutenant governor's race, listed in order
17.23of the base rotation. The listing of candidates shall include the name of the candidate to
17.24fill the vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor. If the name of the candidate has not
17.25yet been named, then the list must include the date by which the candidate will be named.

17.26    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.27to read:
17.28    Subd. 7. Date of special election. If a special election is required under this section,
17.29the governor shall issue a writ calling for a special election to be conducted on the second
17.30Tuesday in February of the year following the year the vacancy in nomination occurred.
17.31Except where otherwise provided in this section, the writ shall be issued and the special
17.32election conducted according to the requirements of sections 204D.22 to 204D.27.

17.33    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.34to read:
18.1    Subd. 8. Absentee voters. At least 46 days, but no more than 50 days, before a
18.2special election conducted under this section, the county auditor shall transmit an absentee
18.3ballot for the special election to each applicant for an absentee ballot whose application
18.4for an absentee ballot for the preceding general election was recorded under section
18.5203B.04 or 203B.17. New applicants for an absentee ballot may be provided a ballot
18.6in the manner specified in chapter 203B.

18.7    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
18.8to read:
18.9    Subd. 9. Appropriation. In the case of a statewide special election under this
18.10section, the amount necessary is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of
18.11state to cover costs incurred by the state, county, and municipal governments to conduct
18.12the special election.

18.13    Sec. 8. [204B.131] VACANCY IN NOMINATION; NONPARTISAN OFFICE.
18.14    Subdivision 1. Applicability. A vacancy in nomination for a nonpartisan office
18.15must be filled in the manner provided by this section. A vacancy in nomination for a
18.16nonpartisan office exists when:
18.17(1) a candidate for any nonpartisan office, for which one or two candidates filed,
18.18withdraws as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 1; or
18.19(2) a candidate for any nonjudicial nonpartisan office, for which only one or two
18.20candidates filed or who was nominated at a primary, dies more than 79 days before the
18.21date of the general election.
18.22    Subd. 2. Procedure for filling vacancy. A vacancy in nomination for a nonpartisan
18.23office may be filled by filing an affidavit of candidacy and paying a filing fee, or by filing
18.24an affidavit of candidacy and filing a petition in place of a filing fee, in the manner
18.25provided in sections 204B.06, 204B.09, and 204B.11. All documents and fees required by
18.26this subdivision must be filed within five days after the vacancy in nomination occurs.
18.27There must be a two-day period for withdrawal of candidates after the last day for filing.
18.28If the vacancy in nomination resulted from a withdrawal during the withdrawal
18.29period held on the 68th to 69th day before the primary, and if, at the end of the withdrawal
18.30period to fill the vacancy in nomination, there are more than two candidates, the
18.31candidates' names must appear on the primary ballot. In all other cases, the candidates'
18.32names must appear on the general election ballot.

19.1    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.19, is amended by adding a subdivision
19.2to read:
19.3    Subd. 6. Writ when vacancy results from vacancy in nomination. If a vacancy in
19.4office is due to a vacancy in nomination under section 204B.13, the governor shall issue a
19.5writ in the manner provided in that section.

19.6    Sec. 10. REPEALER.
19.7Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 204B.12, subdivision 2a; and 204B.13,
19.8subdivisions 4 and 6, are repealed.

19.9    Sec. 11. EFFECTIVE DATE.
19.10This article is effective the day following final enactment and applies to vacancies in
19.11nomination occurring on or after that date.

19.12ARTICLE 5
19.13ELECTION ADMINISTRATION

19.14    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.225, subdivision 3, is amended to
19.15read:
19.16    Subd. 3. Referendum. (a) Within 60 days after the petition is received by the state
19.17board, it shall give due notice of the holding of a referendum, schedule the referendum at
19.18the next general election, and cooperate with county election officials to accomplish the
19.19election in the most expedient manner. Upon receipt of a petition, the state board shall
19.20provide written notice to the secretary of state and the county auditor of each county in
19.21which the district is located no later than 74 days before the state general election. The
19.22notice must include the date of the election and the title and text of the question to be
19.23placed on the ballot. Prior to the referendum, the state board shall facilitate the preparation
19.24of a plan to continue the administration of the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the
19.25district, including the functions of the district board.
19.26(b) The question shall be submitted by ballots, upon which the words "For terminating
19.27the existence of appear on the ballot in the following form: "Shall the .................. (name
19.28of the soil and water conservation district to be here inserted)" and "Against terminating
19.29the existence of the .................. (name of the soil and water conservation district to be here
19.30inserted)" shall be printed, with a square before each proposition and a direction to insert
19.31an X mark in the square before one or the other be terminated?".
19.32(c) Only eligible voters in the district may vote in the referendum.
20.1(d) Informalities in the conduct of the referendum or matters relating to the
20.2referendum do not invalidate the referendum, or result of the referendum, if due notice has
20.3been given and the referendum has been fairly conducted.
20.4(e) The state board shall publish the result of the referendum.

20.5    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.305, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
20.6    Subd. 3. Ballots. Ballots shall be prepared by the county auditor. The names of
20.7candidates shall be placed on the "canary ballot" described in section 204D.11, subdivision
20.83
state general election ballot. The office title printed on the ballot must be either "Soil
20.9and Water Conservation District Supervisor" or "Conservation District Supervisor," based
20.10upon the district from which the supervisor is to be elected.

20.11    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.311, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
20.12    Subd. 2. Supervisors elected by districts. (a) The district board, with the approval
20.13of the state board, may by resolution provide that supervisors will be elected by supervisor
20.14districts as provided in this subdivision.
20.15(b) The supervisor districts must be composed of precincts established by county and
20.16municipal governing bodies under section 204B.14. The districts must be compact, include
20.17only contiguous territory, and be substantially equal in population. The districts must be
20.18numbered in a regular series. The districts must be drawn by the county board of the county
20.19containing the largest area of the soil and water conservation district, in consultation with
20.20the district board and with the approval of the state board. The boundaries of the districts
20.21must be redrawn after each decennial federal census as provided in section 204B.135. A
20.22certified copy of the resolution establishing supervisor districts must be filed by the chair
20.23of the district board with the county auditor of the counties where the soil and water
20.24conservation district is located, with the state board, and with the secretary of state at least
20.2530 days before the first date candidates may file for the office of supervisor., and the filings
20.26must occur within 80 days of the time when the legislature has been redistricted or at least
20.2715 weeks before the state primary election in a year ending in two, whichever comes first.
20.28(c) Each supervisor district is entitled to elect one supervisor. A supervisor must be a
20.29resident of the district from which elected.
20.30(d) The district board shall provide staggered terms for supervisors elected by
20.31district. After each redistricting, there shall be a new election of supervisors in all the
20.32districts at the next general election, except that if the change made in the boundaries of a
20.33district is less than five percent of the average population of all the districts, the supervisor
20.34in office at the time of the redistricting shall serve for the full term for which elected. The
21.1district board shall determine by lot the seats to be filled for a two-year term, a four-year
21.2term, and a six-year term.

21.3    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.071, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
21.4    Subd. 2. Instructions. A registration application shall be accompanied by
21.5instructions specifying the manner and method of registration, the qualifications for
21.6voting, the penalties for false registration, and the availability of registration and voting
21.7assistance for elderly and disabled individuals and residents of health care facilities and
21.8hospitals. The instructions must indicate that if the voter does not have a valid Minnesota
21.9driver's license or identification card, the last four digits of the voter's Social Security
21.10number must be provided, unless the voter does not have a Social Security number. If,
21.11prior to election day, a person requests the instructions in Braille, on cassette tape audio
21.12format, or in a version printed in 16-point bold type with 24-point leading, the county
21.13auditor shall provide them in the form requested. The secretary of state shall prepare
21.14Braille and cassette audio copies and make them available.

21.15    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.091, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
21.16    Subd. 8. Registration places. Each county auditor shall designate a number of
21.17public buildings in those political subdivisions of the county where preregistration of
21.18voters is allowed as provided in section 201.061, subdivision 1, where eligible voters may
21.19register to vote. At least one public building must be designated for each 30,000 residents
21.20of the county. At least one telecommunications device for the deaf must be available for
21.21voter registration information in each county seat and in every city of the first, second,
21.22and third class.
21.23    An adequate supply of registration applications and instructions must be maintained
21.24at each designated location, and a designated individual must be available there to accept
21.25registration applications and transmit them to the county auditor.
21.26    A person who, because of disability, needs assistance in order to determine eligibility
21.27or to register must be assisted by a designated individual. Assistance includes but is not
21.28limited to reading the registration form and instructions and filling out the registration
21.29form as directed by the eligible voter.

21.30    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.12, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
21.31    Subd. 3. Moved out of state. If any nonforwardable mailing from an election
21.32official is returned as undeliverable but with a permanent forwarding address outside this
21.33state, the county auditor shall promptly mail to the voter at the voter's new address a notice
22.1advising the voter that the voter's status in the statewide voter registration system will be
22.2changed to "inactive" unless the voter notifies the county auditor within 21 days that the
22.3voter is retaining the former address as the voter's address of residence. If the voter's
22.4record is challenged due to a felony conviction, lack of United States citizenship, legal
22.5incompetence, or court-ordered revocation of voting rights of persons under guardianship,
22.6the county auditor must not mail this notice. If the notice is not received by the deadline,
22.7the county auditor shall change the voter's status to "inactive" in the statewide voter
22.8registration system.

22.9    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.13, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
22.10    Subd. 1a. Social Security Administration; other reports of deceased residents.
22.11The secretary of state shall determine if any of the persons listed on either the Social
22.12Security Death Index or reported as deceased by the vital records department of another
22.13state are registered to vote and prepare a list of those registrants for each county auditor.
22.14The county auditor shall change the status of those registrants to "deceased" in the
22.15statewide voter registration system.

22.16    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.14, is amended to read:
22.17201.14 COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT; REPORT
22.18CHANGES OF NAMES.
22.19The state court administrator shall regularly report by electronic means to the
22.20secretary of state the name, address, and, if available, driver's license or state identification
22.21card number of each individual, 18 years of age or over, whose name was changed since
22.22the last report, by marriage, divorce, or any order or decree of the court. The secretary of
22.23state shall determine if any of the persons in the report are registered to vote under their
22.24previous name and shall prepare a list of those registrants for each county auditor. Upon
22.25receipt of the list, the county auditor shall make the change in the voter's record and mail
22.26to the voter the notice of registration required by section 201.121, subdivision 2. A notice
22.27must not be mailed if the voter's record is challenged due to a felony conviction, lack of
22.28United States citizenship, legal incompetence, or court-ordered revocation of voting rights
22.29of persons under guardianship.

22.30    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 202A.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
22.31    Subdivision 1. Time and manner of holding; postponement. (a) In every state
22.32general election year, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the date established pursuant to paragraph
23.1(b), there shall be held for every election precinct a party caucus in the manner provided
23.2in sections 202A.14 to 202A.19.
23.3    (b)(1) The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to
23.4the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date
23.5on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses in the next
23.6even-numbered year.
23.7    (2) On March 1 of each odd-numbered year Within two business days after the
23.8parties have agreed on a single date on which to conduct their precinct caucuses, the
23.9secretary of state shall publicly announce the official state precinct caucus date for the
23.10following general election year.
23.11    (3) If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a
23.12single date for conducting their precinct caucuses as provided in this paragraph, then
23.13for purposes of the next general election year, the first Tuesday in February shall be
23.14considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus and sections 202A.19 and
23.15202A.192 shall only apply on that date.
23.16    (4) For purposes of this paragraph, the two largest major political parties shall be the
23.17parties whose candidates for governor received the greatest and second greatest number of
23.18votes at the most recent gubernatorial election.
23.19    (c) In the event of severe weather a major political party may request the secretary of
23.20state to postpone caucuses. If a major political party makes a request, or upon the secretary
23.21of state's own initiative, after consultation with all major political parties and on the advice
23.22of the federal Weather Bureau and the Department of Transportation, the secretary of state
23.23may declare precinct caucuses to be postponed for a week in counties where weather
23.24makes travel especially dangerous. The secretary of state shall submit a notice of the
23.25postponement to news media covering the affected counties by 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled
23.26day of the caucus. A postponed caucus may also be postponed pursuant to this subdivision.

23.27    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
23.28    Subdivision 1. Generally. The full-time clerk of any city or town shall administer
23.29the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 if:
23.30(1) the county auditor of that county has designated the clerk to administer them; or
23.31(2) the clerk has given the county auditor of that county notice of intention to
23.32administer them.
23.33The designation or notice must specify whether the clerk will be responsible for the
23.34administration of a ballot board as provided in section 203B.121.
24.1A clerk of a city that is located in more than one county may only administer the
24.2provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 and 203B.30 to 203B.35, if the clerk has been
24.3designated by each of the county auditors or has provided notice to each of the county
24.4auditors that the city will administer absentee voting. A clerk may only administer the
24.5provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 if the clerk has technical capacity to access the
24.6statewide voter registration system in the secure manner prescribed by the secretary of
24.7state. The secretary of state must identify hardware, software, security, or other technical
24.8prerequisites necessary to ensure the security, access controls, and performance of
24.9the statewide voter registration system. A clerk must receive training approved by the
24.10secretary of state on the use of the statewide voter registration system before administering
24.11this section. A clerk may not use the statewide voter registration system until the clerk
24.12has received the required training. The county auditor must notify the secretary of state
24.13of any municipal clerk who will be administering the provisions of this section and the
24.14duties that the clerk will administer.

24.15    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
24.16    Subd. 3. Procedures on receipt of ballots. When absentee ballots are returned to a
24.17county auditor or municipal clerk, that official shall stamp or initial and date the return
24.18envelope and place it in a secure location with other return envelopes received by that
24.19office. Within five days after receipt, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver to
24.20the ballot board all ballots received, except that during the 14 days immediately preceding
24.21an election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver all ballots received to
24.22the ballot board within three days. Ballots received on election day either (1) after 3:00
24.23p.m., if delivered by an agent; or (2) after the last mail delivery, if delivered by another
24.24method, shall be marked as received late by the county auditor or municipal clerk, and
24.25must not be delivered to the ballot board.

24.26    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.081, is amended to read:
24.27203B.081 LOCATIONS FOR ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON.
24.28    An eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot in the office of the county auditor and
24.29at any other polling place designated by the county auditor during the 46 days before: the
24.30election, except as provided in this subdivision.
24.31(1) a regularly scheduled election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
24.32office;
24.33(2) a special election for a federal or county office; and
24.34(3) an election held in conjunction with an election described in clauses (1) and (2),
25.1    and Voters casting absentee ballots in person for a town election held in March may
25.2do so during the 30 days before any other the election, except that an eligible voter may not
25.3vote by absentee ballot in person during the period designated for early voting, as provided
25.4in section 203B.31. The county auditor shall make such designations at least 14 weeks
25.5before the election. At least one voting booth in each polling place must be made available
25.6by the county auditor for this purpose. The county auditor must also make available at least
25.7one electronic ballot marker in each polling place that has implemented a voting system
25.8that is accessible for individuals with disabilities pursuant to section 206.57, subdivision 5.

25.9    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
25.10    Subd. 5. Storage and counting of absentee and early voting ballots. (a) On a
25.11day on which absentee or early voting ballots are inserted into a ballot box, two members
25.12of the ballot board must:
25.13(1) remove the ballots from the ballot box at the end of the day;
25.14(2) without inspecting the ballots, ensure that the number of ballots removed from
25.15the ballot box is equal to the number of voters who cast early votes and whose absentee
25.16ballots were accepted or cast that day; and
25.17(3) seal and secure all voted and unvoted ballots present in that location at the end
25.18of the day.
25.19(b) After the polls have closed on election day, two members of the ballot board
25.20must count the ballots, tabulating the vote in a manner that indicates each vote of the voter
25.21and the total votes cast for each candidate or question. In state primary and state general
25.22elections, the results must indicate the total votes cast for each candidate or question in each
25.23precinct and report the vote totals tabulated for each precinct. The count shall be public.
25.24No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the close of voting on election day
25.25 must be recorded on a summary statement in substantially the same format as provided in
25.26section 204C.26. The ballot board shall submit at least one completed summary statement
25.27to the county auditor or municipal clerk. The county auditor or municipal clerk may
25.28require the ballot board to submit a sufficient number of completed summary statements to
25.29comply with the provisions of section 204C.27, or the county auditor or municipal clerk
25.30may certify reports containing the details of the ballot board summary statement to the
25.31recipients of the summary statements designated in section 204C.27.
25.32In state primary and state general elections, these vote totals shall be added to the
25.33vote totals on the summary statements of the returns for the appropriate precinct. In other
25.34elections, these vote totals may be added to the vote totals on the summary statement of
25.35returns for the appropriate precinct or may be reported as a separate total.
26.1The count shall be public. No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the
26.2close of voting on election day.
26.3(c) In addition to the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b), if the task has not been
26.4completed previously, the members of the ballot board must verify as soon as possible, but
26.5no later than 24 hours after the end of the hours for voting, that voters whose absentee
26.6ballots arrived after the rosters were marked or supplemental reports were generated
26.7and whose ballots were accepted did not vote in person on election day. An absentee
26.8ballot submitted by a voter who has voted in person on election day must be rejected. All
26.9other accepted absentee ballots must be opened, duplicated if necessary, and counted by
26.10members of the ballot board. The vote totals from these ballots must be incorporated into
26.11the totals with the other absentee ballots and handled according to paragraph (b).

26.12    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.227, is amended to read:
26.13203B.227 WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT.
26.14    (a) A voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 1, may use a state write-in
26.15absentee ballot or the federal write-in absentee ballot to vote in any federal, state, or local
26.16election. In a state or local election, a vote for a political party without specifying the
26.17name of a candidate must not be counted.
26.18(b) If a voter submits a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot for which a Federal Post
26.19Card Application was not received, the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot serves as a voter
26.20registration, for voters who are eligible to register, in lieu of the voter's Federal Post Card
26.21Application. If the voter has not already voted and the accompanying certificate is properly
26.22completed, the absentee ballot board must accept the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

26.23    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.28, is amended to read:
26.24203B.28 POSTELECTION REPORT TO LEGISLATURE.
26.25By March 1, 2011, and by January 15 of every odd-numbered year thereafter, the
26.26secretary of state shall provide to the chair and ranking minority members of the legislative
26.27committees with jurisdiction over elections a statistical report related to absentee voting
26.28in the most recent general election cycle. The statistics must be organized by county
26.29and precinct, and include:
26.30(1) the number of absentee ballots transmitted to voters;
26.31(2) the number of absentee ballots returned by voters;
26.32(3) the number of absentee ballots that were rejected, categorized by the reason
26.33for rejection;
27.1(4) the number of absentee ballots submitted pursuant to sections 203B.16 to
27.2203B.27 , along with the number of returned ballots that were accepted, rejected, and
27.3the reason for any rejections; and
27.4(5) the number of absentee ballots that were not counted because the ballot return
27.5envelope was received after the deadlines provided in this chapter.

27.6    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.04, is amended by adding a
27.7subdivision to read:
27.8    Subd. 4. Prohibition on multiple candidacy. A candidate who files an affidavit
27.9of candidacy for an office to be elected at the general election may not subsequently file
27.10another affidavit of candidacy for any other office to be elected on the date of that general
27.11election. The provisions in section 645.241 do not apply to this subdivision.

27.12    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
27.13    Subd. 2. Petitions for presidential electors and alternates. This subdivision
27.14does not apply to candidates for presidential elector or alternate nominated by major
27.15political parties. Major party candidates for presidential elector or alternate are certified
27.16under section 208.03. Other presidential electors or alternates are nominated by petition
27.17pursuant to this section. On petitions nominating presidential electors or alternates, the
27.18names of the candidates for president and vice-president shall be added to the political
27.19party or political principle stated on the petition. One petition may be filed to nominate a
27.20slate of presidential electors equal in number to the number of electors to which the state
27.21is entitled and an alternate for each elector nominee.

27.22    Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.18, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
27.23    Subd. 2. Ballot boxes. Each polling place shall be provided with one ballot box for
27.24each kind of ballot to be cast at the election. The boxes shall be substantially the same color
27.25as the ballots to be deposited in them. Each box shall be of sufficient size and shall have a
27.26sufficient opening to receive and contain all the ballots likely to be deposited in it. When
27.27buff or goldenrod ballot boxes are required, a separate box must be provided for each school
27.28district for which ballots are to be cast at that polling place. The number and name of the
27.29school district must appear conspicuously on the top of each buff or goldenrod ballot box.

27.30    Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.22, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
27.31    Subdivision 1. Minimum number required. (a) A minimum of four election
27.32judges shall be appointed for each precinct, except as provided by subdivision 2 in the
28.1state general election. In all other elections, a minimum of three election judges shall
28.2be appointed for each precinct. In a combined polling place under section 204B.14,
28.3subdivision 2
, at least one judge must be appointed from each municipality in the
28.4combined polling place, provided that not less than three judges shall be appointed for
28.5each combined polling place. The appointing authorities may appoint election judges for
28.6any precinct in addition to the number required by this subdivision including additional
28.7election judges to count ballots after voting has ended.
28.8(b) An election judge may serve for all or part of election day, at the discretion of the
28.9appointing authority, as long as the minimum number of judges required is always present.
28.10The head election judge designated under section 204B.20 must serve for all of election day
28.11and be present in the polling place unless another election judge has been designated by the
28.12head election judge to perform the functions of the head election judge during any absence.

28.13    Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.22, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
28.14    Subd. 2. Exception. A minimum of three election judges shall be appointed in
28.15precincts not using electronic voting equipment. One additional election judge shall
28.16be appointed for each 150 votes cast in that precinct at the last similar election and in
28.17precincts with fewer than 500 registered voters as of 14 weeks before the state primary.

28.18    Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.28, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
28.19    Subdivision 1. Meeting with election officials. At least 12 weeks before each
28.20regularly scheduled town general election conducted in March, and at least 18 weeks
28.21before all other general elections, each county auditor shall conduct a meeting or otherwise
28.22communicate with local election officials to review the procedures for the election. The
28.23county auditor may require the head election judges in the county to attend this meeting.

28.24    Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.32, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
28.25    Subdivision 1. Payment. (a) The secretary of state shall pay the compensation for
28.26presidential electors, the cost of printing the pink paper ballots, and all necessary expenses
28.27incurred by the secretary of state in connection with elections.
28.28(b) The counties shall pay the compensation prescribed in section 204B.31, clauses
28.29(b) and (c), the cost of printing the canary ballots, the white ballots, the pink state general
28.30election ballots when machines are used, the state partisan primary ballots, and the
28.31state and county nonpartisan primary ballots, all necessary expenses incurred by county
28.32auditors in connection with elections, and the expenses of special county elections.
29.1(c) Subject to subdivision 2, the municipalities shall pay the compensation prescribed
29.2for election judges and sergeants at arms, the cost of printing the municipal ballots,
29.3providing ballot boxes, providing and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses
29.4of the municipal clerks in connection with elections, except special county elections.
29.5(d) The school districts shall pay the compensation prescribed for election judges
29.6and sergeants-at-arms, the cost of printing the school district ballots, providing ballot
29.7boxes, providing and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses of the school
29.8district clerks in connection with school district elections not held in conjunction with
29.9state elections. When school district elections are held in conjunction with state elections,
29.10the school district shall pay the costs of printing the school district ballots, providing ballot
29.11boxes and all necessary expenses of the school district clerk.
29.12All disbursements under this section shall be presented, audited, and paid as in
29.13the case of other public expenses.

29.14    Sec. 23. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.33, is amended to read:
29.15204B.33 NOTICE OF FILING.
29.16(a) At least 15 16 weeks before the state primary, the secretary of state shall notify
29.17each county auditor of the offices to be voted for in that county at the next state general
29.18election for which candidates file with the secretary of state. The notice shall include
29.19the time and place of filing for those offices. Within ten days after notification by the
29.20secretary of state, each county auditor shall notify each municipal clerk in the county of
29.21all the offices to be voted for in the county at that election and the time and place for
29.22filing for those offices. The county auditors and municipal clerks shall promptly post a
29.23copy of that notice in their offices.
29.24(b) At least two weeks one week before the first day to file an affidavit of candidacy,
29.25the county auditor shall publish a notice stating the first and last dates on which affidavits
29.26of candidacy may be filed in the county auditor's office and the closing time for filing on
29.27the last day for filing. The county auditor shall post a similar notice at least ten days before
29.28the first day to file affidavits of candidacy.

29.29    Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.35, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
29.30    Subd. 4. Absentee ballots; preparation; delivery. At least 46 days before a
29.31regularly scheduled an election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office
29.32or a special election for federal office, and at least 30 days before any other election,
29.33ballots necessary to fill applications of absentee voters shall be prepared and delivered to
29.34the officials who administer the provisions of chapter 203B, except as provided in this
30.1subdivision. Ballots necessary to fill applications of absentee voters for a town general
30.2election held in March shall be prepared and delivered to the town clerk at least 30 days
30.3before the election.
30.4This section applies to school district elections held on the same day as a statewide
30.5election or an election for a county or municipality located partially or wholly within
30.6the school district.

30.7    Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
30.8    Subdivision 1. Type. All ballots shall be printed with black ink on paper of sufficient
30.9thickness to prevent the printing from being discernible from the back. All ballots of the
30.10same color shall be substantially uniform in style of printing, size, thickness and shade of
30.11color. When the ballots of a particular color vary in shade, those used in any one precinct
30.12shall be of the same shade. All ballots shall be printed in easily readable type with suitable
30.13lines dividing candidates, offices, instructions and other matter printed on ballots. The
30.14name of each candidate shall be printed in capital letters. The same type shall be used for
30.15the names of all candidates on the same ballot.

30.16    Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.45, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
30.17    Subdivision 1. Authorization. A municipality town of any size not located in a
30.18metropolitan county as defined by section 473.121 or a city having fewer than 400 1,000
30.19 registered voters on June 1 of an election year and not located in a metropolitan county as
30.20defined by section 473.121 may provide balloting by mail at any municipal, county, or
30.21state election with no polling place other than the office of the auditor or clerk or other
30.22locations designated by the auditor or clerk. The governing body may apply to the county
30.23auditor for permission to conduct balloting by mail. The county board may provide for
30.24balloting by mail in unorganized territory. The governing body of any municipality may
30.25designate for mail balloting any precinct having fewer than 50 100 registered voters,
30.26subject to the approval of the county auditor.
30.27Voted ballots may be returned in person to any location designated by the county
30.28auditor or municipal clerk.

30.29    Sec. 27. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.45, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
30.30    Subd. 2. Procedure. Notice of the election and the special mail procedure must be
30.31given at least six ten weeks prior to the election. Not more than 46 days nor later than 14
30.32days before a regularly scheduled election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
30.33office or a special election for federal office and not more than 30 days nor later than 14
31.1days before any other election a town election held in March, the auditor shall mail ballots
31.2by nonforwardable mail to all voters registered in the town or unorganized territory. No
31.3later than 14 days before the election, the auditor must make a subsequent mailing of ballots
31.4to those voters who register to vote after the initial mailing but before the 20th day before
31.5the election. Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed may apply for
31.6ballots as provided in chapter 203B. Ballot return envelopes, with return postage provided,
31.7must be preaddressed to the auditor or clerk and the voter may return the ballot by mail or
31.8in person to the office of the auditor or clerk. The auditor or clerk must appoint a ballot
31.9board to examine the mail and absentee ballot return envelopes and mark them "accepted"
31.10or "rejected" within three days of receipt if there are 14 or fewer days before election day,
31.11or within five days of receipt if there are more than 14 days before election day. The board
31.12may consist of staff trained as election judges. Election judges performing the duties in
31.13this section must be of different major political parties, unless they are exempt from that
31.14requirement under section 205.075, subdivision 4, or section 205A.10. If an envelope has
31.15been rejected at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must remain
31.16sealed and the auditor or clerk shall provide the voter with a replacement ballot and return
31.17envelope in place of the spoiled ballot. If the ballot is rejected within five days of the
31.18election, the envelope must remain sealed and the official in charge of the ballot board must
31.19attempt to contact the voter by telephone or e-mail to notify the voter that the voter's ballot
31.20has been rejected. The official must document the attempts made to contact the voter.
31.21If the ballot is accepted, the county auditor or municipal clerk must mark the roster to
31.22indicate that the voter has already cast a ballot in that election. After the close of business
31.23on the fourth day before the election, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted"
31.24may be opened, duplicated as needed in the manner provided by section 206.86,
31.25subdivision 5, initialed by the members of the ballot board, and deposited in the ballot box.
31.26In all other respects, the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing
31.27deposit and counting of ballots apply.
31.28The mail and absentee ballots for a precinct must be counted together and reported
31.29as one vote total. No vote totals from mail or absentee ballots may be made public before
31.30the close of voting on election day.
31.31The costs of the mailing shall be paid by the election jurisdiction in which the voter
31.32resides. Any ballot received by 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election must be counted.

31.33    Sec. 28. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.46, is amended to read:
31.34204B.46 MAIL ELECTIONS; QUESTIONS.
32.1    A county, municipality, or school district submitting questions to the voters at a
32.2special election may conduct an election by mail with no polling place other than the office
32.3of the auditor or clerk. No offices may be voted on at a mail election. Notice of the election
32.4must be given to the county auditor at least 53 74 days prior to the election. This notice
32.5shall also fulfill the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 8210.3000. The special mail
32.6ballot procedures must be posted at least six weeks prior to the election. Not more than 30
32.7 46 nor later than 14 days prior to the election, the auditor or clerk shall mail ballots by
32.8nonforwardable mail to all voters registered in the county, municipality, or school district.
32.9No later than 14 days before the election, the auditor or clerk must make a subsequent
32.10mailing of ballots to those voters who register to vote after the initial mailing but before the
32.1120th day before the election. Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed
32.12may apply for ballots pursuant to chapter 203B. The auditor or clerk must appoint a ballot
32.13board to examine the mail and absentee ballot return envelopes and mark them "Accepted"
32.14or "Rejected" within three days of receipt if there are 14 or fewer days before election day,
32.15or within five days of receipt if there are more than 14 days before election day. The board
32.16may consist of staff trained as election judges. Election judges performing the duties in
32.17this section must be of different major political parties, unless they are exempt from that
32.18requirement under section 205.075, subdivision 4, or section 205A.10. If an envelope has
32.19been rejected at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must remain
32.20sealed and the auditor or clerk must provide the voter with a replacement ballot and return
32.21envelope in place of the spoiled ballot. If the ballot is rejected within five days of the
32.22election, the envelope must remain sealed and the official in charge of the ballot board must
32.23attempt to contact the voter by telephone or e-mail to notify the voter that the voter's ballot
32.24has been rejected. The official must document the attempts made to contact the voter.
32.25If the ballot is accepted, the county auditor or municipal clerk must mark the roster to
32.26indicate that the voter has already cast a ballot in that election. After the close of business
32.27on the fourth day before the election, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted"
32.28may be opened, duplicated as needed in the manner provided by section 206.86,
32.29subdivision 5, initialed by the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box.
32.30In all other respects, the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing
32.31deposit and counting of ballots apply.
32.32The mail and absentee ballots for a precinct must be counted together and reported
32.33as one vote total. No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the close of
32.34voting on election day.

32.35    Sec. 29. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
33.1    Subdivision 1. Partisan elections. At an election to fill partisan offices, the chair of
33.2an authorized committee of each major political party may appoint by written certificate
33.3voters from that political party to act as challengers of voters at the polling place for each
33.4precinct. Only one challenger from each major political party for each precinct shall be
33.5allowed to remain in the polling place at one time. A challenger may only remain in a
33.6polling place while performing authorized duties of a challenger or for other purposes
33.7as specified by law.

33.8    Sec. 30. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
33.9    Subd. 2. Nonpartisan elections. At an election to fill nonpartisan offices, each
33.10nonpartisan candidate may appoint by written certificate voters to act as challengers of
33.11voters at the polling place for each precinct. Only one challenger for each candidate shall
33.12be allowed to remain in the polling place for each precinct at one time. A challenger
33.13may only remain in a polling place while performing authorized duties of a challenger
33.14or for other purposes as specified by law.

33.15    Sec. 31. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, is amended by adding a
33.16subdivision to read:
33.17    Subd. 3b. Training requirement. (a) An individual must successfully complete
33.18one hour of training prior to serving as a challenger. The individual must complete the
33.19training once per two-year election cycle. The training must be approved by the secretary
33.20of state. The training must include, at a minimum, information on the role of challengers
33.21in the polling place, valid bases for challenges, prohibited conduct by challengers, and
33.22procedures for making challenges.
33.23(b) Individuals seeking admission to a polling place to serve as a challenger must
33.24provide a certificate issued by the secretary of state or a designee of the secretary of
33.25state. The secretary of state or designee must issue a certificate to an individual that
33.26successfully completes the training described in paragraph (a). The certificate must state
33.27that the individual completed the required training and include the date of the training. An
33.28individual that fails to present a certificate or presents a certificate dated before the current
33.29two-year election cycle shall not be allowed to serve as a challenger.

33.30    Sec. 32. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
33.31    Subd. 4. Restrictions on conduct. (a) An election judge may not be appointed as a
33.32challenger. The election judges shall permit challengers appointed pursuant to this section
33.33to be present in the polling place during the hours of voting and to remain there until the
34.1votes are counted and the results declared. No A head judge may order a challenger
34.2to leave the polling place if the challenger fails to comply with the requirements of
34.3this section. A challenger must comply with the order to leave and must not serve as a
34.4challenger at any polling place for the remainder of the day.
34.5(b) A challenger shall not:
34.6(1) handle or inspect registration cards, files, or lists. Challengers shall not;
34.7(2) prepare in any manner any list of individuals who have or have not voted. They
34.8shall not;
34.9(3) attempt to influence voting in any manner. They shall not;
34.10(4) converse with a voter except to determine, in the presence of an election judge,
34.11whether the voter is eligible to vote in the precinct. or with a person assisting a voter;
34.12(5) use any electronic communication device inside the polling place; or
34.13(6) interfere with an election judge who is performing official duties.
34.14(c) Individuals seeking admission to a polling place to serve as a challenger must
34.15sign a form that acknowledges the challenger is aware of the prohibited activities in
34.16paragraph (b). The form shall be prescribed by the secretary of state and must, at a
34.17minimum, include a list of the prohibited activities in paragraph (b).

34.18    Sec. 33. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.15, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
34.19    Subdivision 1. Physical assistance in marking ballots. A voter who claims a need
34.20for assistance because of inability to read English or physical inability to mark a ballot may
34.21obtain the aid of two election judges who are members of different major political parties.
34.22The election judges shall mark the ballots as directed by the voter and in as secret a manner
34.23as circumstances permit. If the voter is deaf or cannot speak English or understand it when
34.24it is spoken, the election judges may select two individuals who are members of different
34.25major political parties to provide assistance. The individuals shall assist the voter in
34.26marking the ballots. A voter in need of assistance may alternatively obtain the assistance of
34.27any individual the voter chooses. Only the following persons may not provide assistance
34.28to a voter: the voter's employer, an agent of the voter's employer, an officer or agent of
34.29the voter's union, or a candidate for election. The person who assists the voter shall,
34.30unaccompanied by an election judge, retire with that voter to a booth and mark the ballot
34.31as directed by the voter. No person who assists another voter as provided in the preceding
34.32sentence shall mark the ballots of more than three voters at one election. Before the ballots
34.33are deposited, the voter may show them privately to an election judge to ascertain that they
34.34are marked as the voter directed. An election judge or other individual assisting a voter
34.35shall not in any manner request, persuade, induce, or attempt to persuade or induce the
35.1voter to vote for any particular political party or candidate. The election judges or other
35.2individuals who assist the voter shall not reveal to anyone the name of any candidate for
35.3whom the voter has voted or anything that took place while assisting the voter.

35.4    Sec. 34. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
35.5    Subd. 2. Ballots; order of counting. Except as otherwise provided in this
35.6subdivision, the ballot boxes shall be opened, the votes counted, and the total declared one
35.7box at a time in the following order: the white box, the pink box, the canary box, the light
35.8green box, the blue box, the buff box, the goldenrod box, the gray box, and then the other
35.9kinds of ballots voted at the election. If enough election judges are available to provide
35.10counting teams of four or more election judges for each box, more than one box may be
35.11opened and counted at the same time. The election judges on each counting team shall be
35.12evenly divided between the major political parties. The numbers entered on the summary
35.13sheet shall not be considered final until the ballots in all the boxes have been counted and
35.14corrections have been made if ballots have been deposited in the wrong boxes.

35.15    Sec. 35. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.25, is amended to read:
35.16204C.25 DISPOSITION OF BALLOTS.
35.17After the count and the summary statements have been completed, in the presence
35.18of all the election judges, the counted, defective, and blank ballots shall be placed in
35.19envelopes marked or printed to distinguish the color of the ballots contained, and the
35.20envelopes shall be sealed. The election judges shall sign each envelope over the sealed part
35.21so that the envelope cannot be opened without disturbing the continuity of the signatures.
35.22The number and kind of ballots in each envelope, the name of the town or city, and the
35.23name of the precinct shall be plainly written upon the envelopes. The number and name of
35.24the district must be plainly written on envelopes containing school district ballots. The
35.25spoiled ballots shall be placed in separate envelopes and returned with the unused ballots
35.26to the county auditor or municipal or school district clerk from whom they were received.

35.27    Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.27, is amended to read:
35.28204C.27 DELIVERY OF RETURNS TO COUNTY AUDITORS.
35.29One or more of the election judges in each precinct shall deliver two sets of
35.30summary statements; all spoiled white, pink, canary, and gray ballots; and the envelopes
35.31containing the white, pink, canary, and gray ballots either directly to the municipal clerk
35.32for transmittal to the county auditor's office or directly to the county auditor's office as
35.33soon as possible after the vote counting is completed but no later than 24 hours after the
36.1end of the hours for voting. One or more election judges shall deliver the remaining set
36.2of summary statements and returns, all unused and spoiled municipal and school district
36.3ballots, the envelopes containing municipal and school district ballots, and all other things
36.4furnished by the municipal or school district clerk, to the municipal or school district
36.5clerk's office within 24 hours after the end of the hours for voting. The municipal or school
36.6district clerk shall return all polling place rosters and completed voter registration cards to
36.7the county auditor within 48 hours after the end of the hours for voting.

36.8    Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.35, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
36.9    Subdivision 1. Automatic Publicly funded recounts. (a) In a state primary when
36.10the difference between the votes cast for the candidates for nomination to:
36.11(1) a state legislative office is less than one-half of one percent of the total number of
36.12votes counted for that nomination or is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast
36.13for the nomination is 400 votes or less; or
36.14(2) a statewide federal office, state constitutional office, statewide judicial office,
36.15congressional office, state legislative office, or district judicial office:
36.16    (1) is less than one-half one-quarter of one percent of the total number of votes
36.17counted for that nomination; or
36.18    (2) is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast for the nomination is 400
36.19votes or less;
36.20and the difference determines the nomination, the canvassing board with responsibility
36.21for declaring the results for that office shall manually recount the vote upon receiving a
36.22written request from the candidate whose nomination is in question.
36.23Immediately following the meeting of the board that has responsibility for
36.24canvassing the results of the nomination, the filing officer must notify the candidate that
36.25the candidate has the option to request a recount of the votes at no cost to the candidate.
36.26This written request must be received by the filing officer no later than 48 hours after the
36.27canvass of the primary for which the recount is being sought.
36.28    (b) In a state general election when the difference between the votes of a candidate
36.29who would otherwise be declared elected to:
36.30(1) a state legislative office is less than one-half of one percent of the total number of
36.31votes counted for that office or is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast for
36.32the office is 400 votes or less; or
36.33(2) a statewide federal office, state constitutional office, statewide judicial office,
36.34congressional office, state legislative office, or district judicial office and the votes of
36.35any other candidate for that office:
37.1    (1) is less than one-half one-quarter of one percent of the total number of votes
37.2counted for that office; or
37.3    (2) is ten votes or less if the total number of votes cast for the office is 400 votes or less,
37.4the canvassing board shall manually recount the votes upon receiving a written request
37.5from the candidate whose election is in question.
37.6Immediately following the meeting of the board that has responsibility for
37.7canvassing the results of the general election, the filing officer must notify the candidate
37.8that the candidate has the option to request a recount of the votes at no cost to the
37.9candidate. This written request must be received by the filing officer no later than 48 hours
37.10after the canvass of the election for which the recount is being sought.
37.11    (c) A recount must not delay any other part of the canvass. The results of the recount
37.12must be certified by the canvassing board as soon as possible.
37.13    (d) Time for notice of a contest for an office which is recounted pursuant to this section
37.14shall begin to run upon certification of the results of the recount by the canvassing board.
37.15    (e) A losing candidate may waive a recount required pursuant to this section by
37.16filing a written notice of waiver with the canvassing board.

37.17    Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.35, is amended by adding a
37.18subdivision to read:
37.19    Subd. 4. Filing officer. For the purposes of this section, the secretary of state is
37.20the filing officer for candidates for all federal offices and for state offices voted on in
37.21more than one county. The county auditor is the filing officer for state offices voted on
37.22in only one county.

37.23    Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
37.24    Subdivision 1. Required Publicly funded recounts. (a) Except as provided in
37.25paragraph paragraphs (b) and (c), a losing candidate for nomination or election to a
37.26county, municipal, or school district office may request a recount of the votes cast for
37.27the nomination or election to that office if the difference between the vote cast for that
37.28candidate and for a winning candidate for nomination or election is less than one-half
37.29 one-quarter of one percent of the total votes counted for that office. In case of offices where
37.30two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office, the one-half
37.31 one-quarter of one percent difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes
37.32and the candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
37.33(b) A losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or school
37.34district office may request a recount of the votes cast for nomination or election to that
38.1office if the difference between the votes cast for that candidate and for a winning
38.2candidate for nomination or election is less than one-half of one percent, and the total
38.3number of votes cast for the nomination or election of all candidates is more than 400
38.4but less than 50,000. In cases of offices where two or more seats are being filled from
38.5among all the candidates for the office, the one-half of one percent difference is between
38.6the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the candidate with the most votes from
38.7among the candidates who were not elected.
38.8(b) (c) A losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or
38.9school district office may request a recount of the votes cast for nomination or election
38.10to that office if the difference between the vote cast for that candidate and for a winning
38.11candidate for nomination or election is ten votes or less, and the total number of votes cast
38.12for the nomination or election of all candidates is no more than 400. In cases of offices
38.13where two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office,
38.14the ten vote difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the
38.15candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
38.16(c) (d) Candidates for county offices shall file a written request for the recount with
38.17the county auditor. Candidates for municipal or school district offices shall file a written
38.18request with the municipal or school district clerk as appropriate. All requests shall be filed
38.19during the time for notice of contest of the primary or election for which a recount is sought.
38.20(d) (e) Upon receipt of a request made pursuant to this section, the county auditor
38.21shall recount the votes for a county office at the expense of the county, the governing
38.22body of the municipality shall recount the votes for a municipal office at the expense of
38.23the municipality, and the school board of the school district shall recount the votes for a
38.24school district office at the expense of the school district.

38.25    Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.08, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
38.26    Subd. 6. State and county nonpartisan primary ballot. The state and county
38.27nonpartisan primary ballot shall be headed "State and County Nonpartisan Primary
38.28Ballot." It shall be printed on canary paper in the manner provided in the rules of the
38.29secretary of state. The names of candidates for nomination to the Supreme Court, Court of
38.30Appeals, district court, and all county offices shall be placed on this ballot.
38.31No candidate whose name is placed on the state and county nonpartisan primary
38.32ballot shall be designated or identified as the candidate of any political party or in any
38.33other manner except as expressly provided by law.

38.34    Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
39.1    Subd. 2. Sample ballot. At least two weeks 46 days before the state primary the
39.2county auditor shall prepare a sample state partisan primary ballot and a sample state and
39.3county nonpartisan primary ballot for each precinct for public inspection and transmit an
39.4electronic copy of these sample ballots to the secretary of state. The names of all of the
39.5candidates to be voted for in the county shall be placed on the sample ballots, with the
39.6names of the candidates for each office arranged in the base rotation as determined by
39.7section 206.61, subdivision 5. Only one sample state partisan primary ballot and one
39.8sample state and county nonpartisan ballot shall be prepared for any county. The county
39.9auditor shall post the sample ballots in a conspicuous place in the auditor's office and shall
39.10cause them to be published at least one week before the state primary in at least one
39.11newspaper of general circulation in the county.

39.12    Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
39.13    Subdivision 1. White State general election ballot; rules. The names of
39.14the candidates for all partisan state and federal offices, all proposed constitutional
39.15amendments, all county offices and questions, and all judicial offices voted on at the state
39.16general election shall be placed on a single ballot printed on white paper which that shall
39.17be known as the "white state general election ballot." This ballot shall be prepared by the
39.18county auditor subject to the rules of the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall
39.19adopt rules for preparation and time of delivery of the white state general election ballot.

39.20    Sec. 43. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
39.21    Subd. 4. Special federal white ballot. (a) The names of all candidates for the
39.22offices of president and vice-president of the United States and senator and representative
39.23in Congress shall be placed on a ballot printed on white paper which that shall be known
39.24as the "special federal white ballot."
39.25(b) This ballot shall be prepared by the county auditor in the same manner as
39.26the white state general election ballot and shall be subject to the rules adopted by the
39.27secretary of state pursuant to subdivision 1. This ballot must be prepared and furnished
39.28in accordance with the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act,
39.29United States Code, title 42, section 1973ff.
39.30(c) The special federal white ballot shall be the only ballot sent to citizens of
39.31the United States who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot for federal candidates in
39.32Minnesota.

39.33    Sec. 44. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
40.1    Subd. 5. Ballot headings. The white, pink, and special federal white ballot
40.2containing the offices and questions in subdivisions 1 and 4, shall be headed with the
40.3words "State General Election Ballot." The canary ballot shall be headed with the words
40.4"County and Judicial Nonpartisan General Election Ballot."

40.5    Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
40.6    Subd. 6. Gray Judicial ballot. When the canary ballot would be longer than 30
40.7inches or when it would not be possible to place all offices on a single ballot card for the
40.8state general election, the judicial offices that should be placed on the canary ballot may be
40.9placed instead on a separate gray judicial ballot. The gray judicial ballot shall be prepared
40.10by the county auditor in the manner provided in the rules of the secretary of state.
40.11The gray judicial ballot must be headed with the words: "Judicial Nonpartisan
40.12General Election Ballot." Separate ballot boxes must be provided for these gray judicial
40.13ballots.

40.14    Sec. 46. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.13, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
40.15    Subd. 3. Nominees by petition; placement on ballot. The names of candidates
40.16nominated by petition for a partisan office voted on at the state general election shall be
40.17placed on the white state general election ballot after the names of the candidates for that
40.18office who were nominated at the state primary. Prior to the state primary No later than
40.1911 weeks before the state general election, the secretary of state shall determine by lot
40.20the order of candidates nominated by petition. The drawing of lots must be by political
40.21party or principle. The political party or political principle of the candidate as stated on
40.22the petition shall be placed after the name of a candidate nominated by petition. The word
40.23"nonpartisan" shall not be used to designate any partisan candidate whose name is placed
40.24on the white state general election ballot by nominating petition.

40.25    Sec. 47. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
40.26    Subdivision 1. Rotation of names. The names of candidates for nonpartisan offices
40.27on the canary state general election ballot and the judicial nonpartisan general election
40.28ballot shall be rotated in the manner provided for rotation of names on state partisan
40.29primary ballots by section 204D.08, subdivision 3.

40.30    Sec. 48. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.14, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
41.1    Subd. 3. Uncontested judicial offices. Judicial offices for a specific court for
41.2which there is only one candidate filed must appear after all other judicial offices for that
41.3same court on the canary ballot.

41.4    Sec. 49. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.15, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
41.5    Subd. 3. Sample pink ballot; constitutional amendments. Four weeks before the
41.6state general election the secretary of state shall file sample copies of the pink ballot
41.7 portion of the state general election ballot that contains the proposed constitutional
41.8amendments in the Secretary of State's Office for public inspection. Three weeks before
41.9the state general election the secretary of state shall mail transmit sample copies of the
41.10pink sample ballot to each county auditor. Each auditor shall post the sample ballot in a
41.11conspicuous place in the auditor's office.

41.12    Sec. 50. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.16, is amended to read:
41.13204D.16 SAMPLE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS; POSTING;
41.14PUBLICATION.
41.15Two weeks before the state general election the county auditor shall prepare sample
41.16copies of the white and canary ballots and At least 46 days before the state general
41.17election, the county auditor shall post copies of these sample ballots and a sample of the
41.18pink ballot for each precinct in the auditor's office for public inspection and transmit an
41.19electronic copy of these sample ballots to the secretary of state. No earlier than 15 days
41.20and no later than two days before the state general election the county auditor shall cause
41.21the sample white and canary ballots state general election ballots to be published in at
41.22least one newspaper of general circulation in the county.

41.23    Sec. 51. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.165, is amended to read:
41.24204D.165 SAMPLE BALLOTS TO SCHOOLS.
41.25Notwithstanding any contrary provisions in section 204D.09 or 204D.16, The county
41.26auditor, two weeks before the applicable primary or general election, shall provide one
41.27copy of the an appropriate sample partisan primary, nonpartisan primary, canary, white,
41.28or pink ballot to a school district upon request. The school district may have the sample
41.29ballots reproduced at its expense for classroom educational purposes and for educational
41.30activities authorized under section 204B.27, subdivision 7.

41.31    Sec. 52. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
42.1    Subd. 2. Special election when legislature will be in session. Except for
42.2vacancies in the legislature which occur at any time between the last day of session in an
42.3odd-numbered year and the 40th day prior to the opening day of session in the succeeding
42.4even-numbered year, when a vacancy occurs and the legislature will be in session so
42.5that the individual elected as provided by this section could take office and exercise the
42.6duties of the office immediately upon election, the governor shall issue within five days
42.7after the vacancy occurs a writ calling for a special election. The special election shall
42.8be held as soon as possible, consistent with the notice requirements of section 204D.22,
42.9subdivision 3
, but in no event more than 35 days after the issuance of the writ. A special
42.10election must not be held during the four days before or the four days after a holiday as
42.11defined in section 645.44, subdivision 5.

42.12    Sec. 53. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.02, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
42.13    Subd. 2. City elections. In all statutory and home rule charter cities, the primary,
42.14general and special elections held for choosing city officials and deciding public questions
42.15relating to the city shall be held as provided in this chapter, except that sections 205.065,
42.16subdivisions 4 to 6; 205.07, subdivision 3; 205.10; 205.121; and 205.17, subdivisions 2
42.17and subdivision 3, do not apply to a city whose charter provides the manner of holding
42.18its primary, general or special elections.

42.19    Sec. 54. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
42.20    Subd. 3. Prohibition. No special election authorized under subdivision 1 may be
42.21held within 40 56 days after the state general election.

42.22    Sec. 55. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.13, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
42.23    Subd. 1a. Filing period. In a city nominating candidates at a primary, an affidavit of
42.24candidacy for a city office voted on in November must be filed no more than 84 days nor
42.25less than 70 days before the city primary. In municipalities that do not hold a primary, an
42.26affidavit of candidacy must be filed no more than 70 days and not less than 56 days before
42.27the municipal general election held in March in any year, or a special election not held in
42.28conjunction with another election, and no more than 98 days nor less than 84 days before
42.29the municipal general election held in November of any year. The municipal clerk's office
42.30must be open for filing from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the filing period.

42.31    Sec. 56. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
42.32to read:
43.1    Subd. 7. Write-in candidates for city offices. The governing body of any city
43.2may, by resolution, require that a candidate for a city office who wants write-in votes for
43.3the candidate to be counted file a written request with the city clerk no later than the
43.4seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall provide copies of the
43.5form to make the request.

43.6    Sec. 57. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.16, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
43.7    Subd. 4. Notice to auditor. At least 67 74 days before every municipal election held
43.8in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school
43.9board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every municipal
43.10election held in connection with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state,
43.11county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and at least 53
43.12days before any other municipal election, the municipal clerk shall provide a written notice
43.13to the county auditor, including the date of the election, the offices to be voted on at the
43.14election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the election.
43.15At least 67 74 days before every municipal election held in conjunction with a regularly
43.16scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special
43.17primary for federal office, at least 74 days before a regularly scheduled general election for
43.18federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and
43.19at least 46 days before any other election, the municipal clerk must provide written notice
43.20to the county auditor of any special election canceled under section 205.10, subdivision 6.

43.21    Sec. 58. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.16, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
43.22    Subd. 5. Notice to secretary of state. At least 67 74 days before every municipal
43.23election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county,
43.24city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before
43.25every municipal election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election
43.26for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office,
43.27and at least 46 days before any other municipal election for which a notice is provided
43.28to the county auditor under subdivision 4, the county auditor shall provide a notice of
43.29the election to the secretary of state, in a manner and including information prescribed
43.30by the secretary of state.

43.31    Sec. 59. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.17, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
43.32    Subdivision 1. Second, third, and fourth class cities; towns Municipal offices;
43.33questions; general election ballot. In all statutory and home rule charter cities of the
44.1second, third, and fourth class, and in all towns, for the municipal general election, the
44.2municipal clerk shall have printed on light green paper the official ballot containing the
44.3names of all candidates for municipal offices and municipal ballot questions. The ballot
44.4shall be printed in quantities of 25, 50, or 100, shall be headed "City or Town Election
44.5Ballot," shall state the name of the city or town and the date of the election, and shall
44.6conform in other respects to the white ballot used at the state general election ballot. The
44.7names shall be arranged on city ballots in the manner provided for the state elections. On
44.8town ballots names of the candidates for each office shall be arranged either:
44.9(1) alphabetically according to the candidates' surnames; or
44.10(2) in the manner provided for state elections if the town electors chose at the town's
44.11annual meeting to arrange the names in that way for at least two consecutive years.

44.12    Sec. 60. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.17, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
44.13    Subd. 3. Primary ballots. The municipal primary ballot in cities of the second,
44.14third, and fourth class and towns and the nonpartisan primary ballot in cities of the first
44.15class shall conform as far as practicable with the municipal general election ballot except
44.16that it shall be printed on light green paper. No blank spaces shall be provided for writing
44.17in the names of candidates. The partisan primary ballot in cities of the first class shall
44.18conform as far as practicable with the state partisan primary ballot.

44.19    Sec. 61. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.04, is amended by adding a
44.20subdivision to read:
44.21    Subd. 3. Change in year of general election. The school board may, by resolution,
44.22change the year in which the school district general election will be held. The resolution
44.23must be approved no later than four weeks before the first day to file affidavits of
44.24candidacy for the general election. A plan for the orderly transition to the new election
44.25year must be included in the resolution. The terms of school board members may be
44.26lengthened or shortened by one year as a part of the transition process.

44.27    Sec. 62. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
44.28    Subdivision 1. Questions. Special elections must be held for a school district on a
44.29question on which the voters are authorized by law to pass judgment. The school board
44.30may on its own motion call a special election to vote on any matter requiring approval of
44.31the voters of a district. Upon petition filed with the school board of 50 or more voters of
44.32the school district or five percent of the number of voters voting at the preceding school
44.33district general election, whichever is greater, the school board shall by resolution call
45.1a special election to vote on any matter requiring approval of the voters of a district. A
45.2question is carried only with the majority in its favor required by law. The election officials
45.3for a special election are the same as for the most recent school district general election
45.4unless changed according to law. Otherwise, special elections must be conducted and the
45.5returns made in the manner provided for the school district general election. A special
45.6election may not be held during the 30 56 days before and the 30 56 days after the state a
45.7regularly scheduled primary, during the 30 days before and the 40 days after the state or
45.8general election. In addition, a special election may not be held during the 20 days before
45.9and the 20 days after any regularly scheduled election of a municipality conducted wholly
45.10or partially within the school district. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the
45.11time period in which a special election must be conducted under any other law may be
45.12extended by the school board to conform with the requirements of this subdivision.

45.13    Sec. 63. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
45.14    Subd. 2. Vacancies in school district offices. Special elections shall be held in
45.15school districts in conjunction with school district primary and general elections to fill
45.16vacancies in elective school district offices. When more than one vacancy exists in an
45.17office elected at-large, voters must be instructed to vote for up to the number of vacancies
45.18to be filled.

45.19    Sec. 64. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.06, is amended by adding a
45.20subdivision to read:
45.21    Subd. 6. Write-in candidates. The governing body of any school district may, by
45.22resolution, require that a candidate for school district office who wants write-in votes
45.23for the candidate to be counted file a written request with the filing office for the office
45.24sought no later than the seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall
45.25provide copies of the form to make the request.

45.26    Sec. 65. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
45.27    Subd. 3. Notice to auditor. At least 67 74 days before every school district election
45.28held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or
45.29school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every
45.30school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election for
45.31federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office,
45.32and at least 53 days before any other school district election, the school district clerk shall
45.33provide a written notice to the county auditor of each county in which the school district is
46.1located. The notice must include the date of the election, the offices to be voted on at the
46.2election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the election.
46.3For the purposes of meeting the timelines of this section, in a bond election, a notice,
46.4including a proposed question, may be provided to the county auditor before receipt of a
46.5review and comment from the commissioner of education and before actual initiation of
46.6the election. At least 67 74 days before every school district election held in conjunction
46.7with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or
46.8a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before an election held in conjunction
46.9with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
46.10office or a special election for federal office, and at least 46 days before any other election,
46.11the school district clerk must provide written notice to the county auditor of any special
46.12election canceled under section 205A.05, subdivision 3.

46.13    Sec. 66. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:
46.14    Subd. 3a. Notice to commissioner of education. At least 67 74 days before every
46.15school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal,
46.16state, county, city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74
46.17days before every school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled
46.18general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election
46.19for federal office, and at least 49 days before any other school district election, under
46.20section 123B.62, 123B.63, 126C.17, 126C.69, or 475.58, the school district clerk shall
46.21provide a written notice to the commissioner of education. The notice must include the
46.22date of the election and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the
46.23election. At least 67 74 days before every school district election held in conjunction with
46.24a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a
46.25special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every school district election
46.26held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state, county,
46.27city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and at least 46 days
46.28before any other school district election, the school district clerk must provide a written
46.29notice to the commissioner of education of any special election canceled under section
46.30205A.05, subdivision 3 . The certified vote totals for each ballot question shall be provided
46.31in a written notice to the commissioner in a timely manner.

46.32    Sec. 67. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3b, is amended to read:
46.33    Subd. 3b. Notice to secretary of state. At least 67 74 days before every school
46.34district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state,
47.1county, city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74
47.2days before every school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled
47.3general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election
47.4for federal office, and at least 46 days before any other school district election for which
47.5a notice is provided to the county auditor under subdivision 3, the county auditor shall
47.6provide a notice of the election to the secretary of state, in a manner and including
47.7information prescribed by the secretary of state.

47.8    Sec. 68. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
47.9    Subdivision 1. Buff General election ballot. The names of all candidates for offices
47.10and all ballot questions to be voted on at a school district general election must be placed
47.11on a single ballot printed on buff paper and known as the "buff ballot.".

47.12    Sec. 69. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.61, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
47.13    Subd. 4. Order of candidates. On the "State Partisan Primary Ballot" prepared for
47.14primary elections, and on the white state general election ballot prepared for the general
47.15election, the order of the names of nominees or names of candidates for election shall be
47.16the same as required for paper ballots. More than one column or row may be used for the
47.17same office or party. Electronic ballot display and audio ballot readers must conform to
47.18the candidate order on the optical scan ballot used in the precinct.

47.19    Sec. 70. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.89, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
47.20    Subd. 2. Selection for review; notice. At the canvass of the state primary, the
47.21county canvassing board in each county must set the date, time, and place for the
47.22postelection review of the state general election to be held under this section.
47.23    At the canvass of the state general election, the county canvassing boards must select
47.24the precincts to be reviewed by lot. Ballots counted centrally by a ballot board shall be
47.25considered one precinct eligible to be selected for purposes of this subdivision. The county
47.26canvassing board of a county with fewer than 50,000 registered voters must conduct a
47.27postelection review of a total of at least two precincts. The county canvassing board of a
47.28county with between 50,000 and 100,000 registered voters must conduct a review of a total
47.29of at least three precincts. The county canvassing board of a county with over 100,000
47.30registered voters must conduct a review of a total of at least four precincts, or three percent
47.31of the total number of precincts in the county, whichever is greater. At least one precinct
47.32selected in each county must have had more than 150 votes cast at the general election.
48.1    The county auditor must notify the secretary of state of the precincts that have been
48.2chosen for review and the time and place the postelection review for that county will be
48.3conducted, as soon as the decisions are made. If the selection of precincts has not resulted
48.4in the selection of at least four precincts in each congressional district, the secretary of state
48.5may require counties to select by lot additional precincts to meet the congressional district
48.6requirement. The secretary of state must post this information on the office Web site.

48.7    Sec. 71. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.89, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
48.8    Subd. 3. Scope and conduct of review. The county canvassing board shall appoint
48.9the postelection review official as defined in subdivision 1. The postelection review must
48.10be conducted of the votes cast for president or governor; United States senator; and United
48.11States representative. The postelection review official may conduct postelection review of
48.12the votes cast for additional offices.
48.13The postelection review must be conducted in public at the location where the
48.14voted ballots have been securely stored after the state general election or at another
48.15location chosen by the county canvassing board. The postelection review official for
48.16each precinct selected must conduct the postelection review and may be assisted by
48.17election judges designated by the postelection review official for this purpose. The party
48.18balance requirement of section 204B.19 applies to election judges designated for the
48.19review. The postelection review must consist of a manual count of the ballots used in the
48.20precincts selected and must be performed in the manner provided by section 204C.21.
48.21The postelection review must be conducted in the manner provided for recounts under
48.22section 204C.361 to the extent practicable. The review must be completed no later
48.23than two days before the meeting of the state canvassing board to certify the results of
48.24the state general election.

48.25    Sec. 72. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.895, is amended to read:
48.26206.895 SECRETARY OF STATE MONITOR.
48.27The secretary of state must monitor and evaluate election procedures in precincts
48.28subject to the audit provided for in section 206.89 in at least four precincts one precinct in
48.29each congressional district. The precincts must be chosen by lot by the State Canvassing
48.30Board at its meeting to canvass the state general election.

48.31    Sec. 73. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.90, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
48.32    Subd. 6. Ballots. In precincts using optical scan voting systems, a single ballot card
48.33on which all ballot information is included must be printed in black ink on white colored
49.1material except that marks not to be read by the automatic tabulating equipment may be
49.2printed in another color ink. In state elections, a single ballot title must be used, as provided
49.3in sections 204D.08, subdivision 6, and 204D.11, subdivision 1. In odd-numbered years
49.4when both municipal and school district offices or questions appear on the ballot, the
49.5single ballot title "City (or Town) and School District Ballot" must be used.
49.6On the front of the ballot must be printed the words "Official Ballot" and the date of
49.7the election and lines for the initials of at least two election judges.
49.8When optical scan ballots are used, the offices to be elected must appear in the
49.9following order: federal offices; state legislative offices; constitutional offices; proposed
49.10constitutional amendments; county offices and questions; municipal offices and questions;
49.11school district offices and questions; special district offices and questions; and judicial
49.12offices.
49.13On optical scan ballots, the names of candidates and the words "yes" and "no" for
49.14ballot questions must be printed as close to their corresponding vote targets as possible.
49.15The line on an optical scan ballot for write-in votes must contain the words "write-in,
49.16if any."
49.17If a primary ballot contains both a partisan ballot and a nonpartisan ballot, the
49.18instructions to voters must include a statement that reads substantially as follows: "THIS
49.19BALLOT CARD CONTAINS A PARTISAN BALLOT AND A NONPARTISAN
49.20BALLOT. ON THE PARTISAN BALLOT YOU ARE PERMITTED TO VOTE FOR
49.21CANDIDATES OF ONE POLITICAL PARTY ONLY." If a primary ballot contains
49.22political party columns on both sides of the ballot, the instructions to voters must include a
49.23statement that reads substantially as follows: "ADDITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE
49.24PRINTED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BALLOT. VOTE FOR ONE POLITICAL
49.25PARTY ONLY." At the bottom of each political party column on the primary ballot, the
49.26ballot must contain a statement that reads substantially as follows: "CONTINUE VOTING
49.27ON THE NONPARTISAN BALLOT." The instructions in section 204D.08, subdivision 4,
49.28do not apply to optical scan partisan primary ballots. Electronic ballot displays and audio
49.29ballot readers must follow the order of offices and questions on the optical scan or paper
49.30ballot used in the same precinct, or the sample ballot posted for that precinct.

49.31    Sec. 74. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.02, is amended to read:
49.32208.02 ELECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS AND ALTERNATES.
49.33Presidential electors and alternates shall be chosen at the state general election held
49.34in the year preceding the expiration of the term of the president of the United States.

50.1    Sec. 75. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.03, is amended to read:
50.2208.03 NOMINATION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS AND
50.3ALTERNATES.
50.4Presidential electors and alternates for the major political parties of this state shall be
50.5nominated by delegate conventions called and held under the supervision of the respective
50.6state central committees of the parties of this state. At least 71 days before the general
50.7election day the chair of the major political party shall certify to the secretary of state
50.8the names of the persons nominated as presidential electors, the names of eight persons
50.9nominated as alternate presidential electors, and the names of the party candidates for
50.10president and vice president. The chair shall also certify that the party candidates for
50.11president and vice president have no affidavit on file as a candidate for any office in
50.12this state at the ensuing general election.

50.13    Sec. 76. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
50.14    Subdivision 1. Form of presidential ballots. When presidential electors and
50.15alternates are to be voted for, a vote cast for the party candidates for president and vice
50.16president shall be deemed a vote for that party's electors and alternates as filed with the
50.17secretary of state. The secretary of state shall certify the names of all duly nominated
50.18presidential and vice presidential candidates to the county auditors of the counties of
50.19the state. Each county auditor, subject to the rules of the secretary of state, shall cause
50.20the names of the candidates of each major political party and the candidates nominated
50.21by petition to be printed in capital letters, set in type of the same size and style as for
50.22candidates on the state white general election ballot, before the party designation. To the
50.23left of, and on the same line with the names of the candidates for president and vice
50.24president, near the margin, shall be placed a square or box, in which the voters may
50.25indicate their choice by marking an "X."
50.26The form for the presidential ballot and the relative position of the several candidates
50.27shall be determined by the rules applicable to other state officers. The state ballot, with
50.28the required heading, shall be printed on the same piece of paper and shall be below the
50.29presidential ballot with a blank space between one inch in width.

50.30    Sec. 77. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.04, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
50.31    Subd. 2. Applicable rules. The rules for preparation, state contribution to the cost
50.32of printing, and delivery of presidential ballots are the same as the rules for white state
50.33general election ballots under section 204D.11, subdivision 1.

51.1    Sec. 78. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.06, is amended to read:
51.2208.06 ELECTORS AND ALTERNATES TO MEET AT STATE CAPITOL;
51.3FILLING OF VACANCIES.
51.4The presidential electors and alternate presidential electors, before 12:00 M. noon
51.5on the day before that fixed by Congress for the electors to vote for president and vice
51.6president of the United States, shall notify the governor that they are at the State Capitol
51.7and ready at the proper time to fulfill their duties as electors. The governor shall deliver
51.8to the electors present a certificate of the names of all the electors. If any elector named
51.9therein fails to appear before 9:00 a.m. on the day, and at the place, fixed for voting for
51.10president and vice president of the United States, an alternate, chosen from among the
51.11alternates by lot, shall be appointed to act for that elector. If more than eight alternates are
51.12necessary, the electors present shall, in the presence of the governor, immediately elect
51.13by ballot a person to fill the vacancy. If more than the number of persons required have
51.14the highest and an equal number of votes, the governor, in the presence of the electors
51.15attending, shall decide by lot which of those persons shall be elected The electors shall
51.16meet at 12:00 p.m. in the executive chamber of the State Capitol and shall perform all the
51.17duties imposed upon them as electors by the Constitution and laws of the United States
51.18and this state in the manner provided in section 208.46.

51.19    Sec. 79. [208.40] SHORT TITLE.
51.20Sections 208.40 to 208.48 may be cited as the "Uniform Faithful Presidential
51.21Electors Act."

51.22    Sec. 80. [208.41] DEFINITIONS.
51.23(a) The definitions in this section apply to sections 208.40 to 208.48.
51.24(b) "Cast" means accepted by the secretary of state in accordance with section
51.25208.46, paragraph (b).
51.26(c) "Elector" means an individual selected as a presidential elector under this chapter.
51.27(d) "President" means the president of the United States.
51.28(e) "Unaffiliated presidential candidate" means a candidate for president who
51.29qualifies for the general election ballot in this state by means other than nomination by a
51.30political party.
51.31(f) "Vice president" means the vice president of the United States.

51.32    Sec. 81. [208.42] DESIGNATION OF STATE'S ELECTORS.
52.1For each elector position in this state, a political party contesting the position, or
52.2an unaffiliated presidential candidate, shall submit to the secretary of state the names of
52.3two qualified individuals. One of the individuals must be designated "elector nominee"
52.4and the other "alternate elector nominee."
52.5Except as otherwise provided in sections 208.44 to 208.47, this state's electors are
52.6the winning elector nominees under the laws of this state.

52.7    Sec. 82. [208.43] PLEDGE.
52.8Each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee of a political party shall execute
52.9the following pledge: "If selected for the position of elector, I agree to serve and to mark
52.10my ballots for president and vice president for the nominees for those offices of the party
52.11that nominated me." Each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee of an unaffiliated
52.12presidential candidate shall execute the following pledge: "If selected for the position
52.13of elector as a nominee of an unaffiliated presidential candidate, I agree to serve and
52.14to mark my ballots for that candidate and for that candidate's vice-presidential running
52.15mate." The executed pledges must accompany the submission of the corresponding names
52.16to the secretary of state.

52.17    Sec. 83. [208.44] CERTIFICATION OF ELECTORS.
52.18In submitting this state's certificate of ascertainment as required by United States
52.19Code, title 3, section 6, the governor shall certify this state's electors and state in the
52.20certificate that:
52.21(1) the electors will serve as electors unless a vacancy occurs in the office of elector
52.22before the end of the meeting at which elector votes are cast, in which case a substitute
52.23elector will fill the vacancy; and
52.24(2) if a substitute elector is appointed to fill a vacancy, the governor will submit an
52.25amended certificate of ascertainment stating the names on the final list of this state's
52.26electors.

52.27    Sec. 84. [208.45] PRESIDING OFFICER; ELECTOR VACANCY.
52.28(a) The secretary of state shall preside at the meeting of electors described in section
52.29208.06.
52.30(b) The position of an elector not present to vote is vacant. The secretary of state
52.31shall appoint an individual as a substitute elector to fill a vacancy as follows:
52.32(1) if the alternate elector is present to vote, by appointing the alternate elector
52.33for the vacant position;
53.1(2) if the alternate elector for the vacant position is not present to vote, by appointing
53.2an elector chosen by lot from among the alternate electors present to vote who were
53.3nominated by the same political party or unaffiliated presidential candidate;
53.4(3) if the number of alternate electors present to vote is insufficient to fill any
53.5vacant position pursuant to clauses (1) and (2), by appointing any immediately available
53.6individual who is qualified to serve as an elector and chosen through nomination by a
53.7plurality vote of the remaining electors, including nomination and vote by a single elector
53.8if only one remains;
53.9(4) if there is a tie between at least two nominees for substitute elector in a vote
53.10conducted under clause (3), by appointing an elector chosen by lot from among those
53.11nominees; or
53.12(5) if all elector positions are vacant and cannot be filled pursuant to clauses (1) to
53.13(4), by appointing a single presidential elector, with remaining vacant positions to be filled
53.14under clause (3) and, if necessary, clause (4).
53.15(c) To qualify as a substitute elector under paragraph (b), an individual who has not
53.16executed the pledge required under section 208.43 shall execute the following pledge: "I
53.17agree to serve and to mark my ballots for president and vice president consistent with the
53.18pledge of the individual to whose elector position I have succeeded."

53.19    Sec. 85. [208.46] ELECTOR VOTING.
53.20(a) At the time designated for elector voting in section 208.06, and after all vacant
53.21positions have been filled under section 208.45, the secretary of state shall provide each
53.22elector with a presidential and a vice-presidential ballot. The elector shall mark the
53.23elector's presidential and vice-presidential ballots with the elector's votes for the offices
53.24of president and vice president, respectively, along with the elector's signature and the
53.25elector's legibly printed name.
53.26(b) Except as otherwise provided by law of this state other than this chapter, each
53.27elector shall present both completed ballots to the secretary of state, who shall examine
53.28the ballots and accept as cast all ballots of electors whose votes are consistent with their
53.29pledges executed under section 208.43 or 208.45, paragraph (c). Except as otherwise
53.30provided by law of this state other than this chapter, the secretary of state may not accept
53.31and may not count either an elector's presidential or vice-presidential ballot if the elector
53.32has not marked both ballots or has marked a ballot in violation of the elector's pledge.
53.33(c) An elector who refuses to present a ballot, presents an unmarked ballot, or
53.34presents a ballot marked in violation of the elector's pledge executed under section 208.43
54.1or 208.45, paragraph (c), vacates the office of elector, creating a vacant position to be
54.2filled under section 208.45.
54.3(d) The secretary of state shall distribute ballots to and collect ballots from a
54.4substitute elector and repeat the process under this section of examining ballots, declaring
54.5and filling vacant positions as required, and recording appropriately completed ballots from
54.6the substituted electors, until all of this state's electoral votes have been cast and recorded.

54.7    Sec. 86. [208.47] ELECTOR REPLACEMENT; ASSOCIATED CERTIFICATES.
54.8(a) After the vote of this state's electors is completed, if the final list of electors
54.9differs from any list that the governor previously included on a certificate of ascertainment
54.10prepared and transmitted under United States Code, title 3, section 6, the secretary of state
54.11immediately shall prepare an amended certificate of ascertainment and transmit it to
54.12the governor for the governor's signature.
54.13(b) The governor immediately shall deliver the signed amended certificate of
54.14ascertainment to the secretary of state and a signed duplicate original of the amended
54.15certificate of ascertainment to all individuals entitled to receive this state's certificate of
54.16ascertainment, indicating that the amended certificate of ascertainment is to be substituted
54.17for the certificate of ascertainment previously submitted.
54.18(c) The secretary of state shall prepare a certificate of vote. The electors on the final
54.19list shall sign the certificate. The secretary of state shall process and transmit the signed
54.20certificate with the amended certificate of ascertainment under United States Code, title
54.213, sections 9, 10, and 11.

54.22    Sec. 87. [208.48] UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION.
54.23In applying and construing sections 208.40 to 208.48, consideration must be given
54.24to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to their subject matter among
54.25states that enact the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act or similar law.

54.26    Sec. 88. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 209.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
54.27    Subd. 2. Statewide office. For purposes of this chapter, "statewide office" means the
54.28office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, secretary of state,
54.29chief justice or associate justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals,
54.30United States senator, or presidential elector or alternate.

54.31    Sec. 89. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 211B.045, is amended to read:
54.32211B.045 NONCOMMERCIAL SIGNS EXEMPTION.
55.1In any municipality, whether or not the municipality has an ordinance that regulates
55.2the size or number of noncommercial signs, All noncommercial signs of any size may be
55.3posted in any number from beginning 46 days before the state primary in a state general
55.4election year until ten days following the state general election. Municipal ordinances
55.5may regulate the size and number of noncommercial signs at other times.

55.6    Sec. 90. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 211B.37, is amended to read:
55.7211B.37 COSTS ASSESSED.
55.8Except as otherwise provided in section 211B.36, subdivision 3, the chief
55.9administrative law judge shall assess the cost of considering complaints filed under
55.10section 211B.32 as provided in this section. Costs of complaints relating to a statewide
55.11ballot question or an election for a statewide or legislative office must be assessed against
55.12the appropriation from the general fund to the general account of the state elections
55.13campaign fund in section 10A.31, subdivision 4. Costs of complaints relating to any
55.14other ballot question or elective office must be assessed against the county or counties in
55.15which the election is held. Where the election is held in more than one county, the chief
55.16administrative law judge shall apportion the assessment among the counties in proportion
55.17to their respective populations within the election district to which the complaint relates
55.18according to the most recent decennial federal census paid from appropriations to the
55.19office for this purpose.

55.20    Sec. 91. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.416, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
55.21    Subd. 2. Ballot question. The form of the question of the referendum under this
55.22section must be on a separate ballot and must allow the voters to vote either "for license"
55.23or "against license." either "Shall the city issue ... intoxicating liquor licenses?" or "Shall
55.24the city discontinue issuing intoxicating liquor licenses?".

55.25    Sec. 92. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.416, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
55.26    Subd. 3. Effect of election results. If a majority of persons voting on the
55.27referendum question vote "against license," to discontinue issuing licenses, the city may
55.28not issue intoxicating liquor licenses until the results of the referendum have been reversed
55.29at a subsequent election where the question has been submitted as provided in this section.

55.30    Sec. 93. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.602, is amended to read:
55.31340A.602 CONTINUATION.
56.1In any city in which the report of the operations of a municipal liquor store has
56.2shown a net loss prior to interfund transfer in any two of three consecutive years, the
56.3city council shall, not more than 45 days prior to the end of the fiscal year following
56.4the three-year period, hold a public hearing on the question of whether the city shall
56.5continue to operate a municipal liquor store. Two weeks' notice, written in clear and easily
56.6understandable language, of the hearing must be printed in the city's official newspaper.
56.7Following the hearing the city council may on its own motion or shall upon petition of five
56.8percent or more of the registered voters of the city, submit to the voters at a general or
56.9special municipal election the question of whether the city shall continue or discontinue
56.10municipal liquor store operations by a date which the city council shall designate. The
56.11date designated by the city council must not be more than 30 months following the date
56.12of the election. The form of the question shall be: "Shall the city of (name) discontinue
56.13operating the municipal liquor store on (Month xx, 2xxx)?".

56.14    Sec. 94. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 375.20, is amended to read:
56.15375.20 BALLOT QUESTIONS.
56.16If the county board may do an act, incur a debt, appropriate money for a purpose,
56.17or exercise any other power or authority, only if authorized by a vote of the people, the
56.18question may be submitted at a special or general election, by a resolution specifying the
56.19matter or question to be voted upon. If the question is to authorize the appropriation of
56.20money, creation of a debt, or levy of a tax, it shall state the amount. Notice of the election
56.21shall be given as in the case of special elections. If the question submitted is adopted, the
56.22board shall pass an appropriate resolution to carry it into effect. In the election the form
56.23of the ballot shall be: "In favor of Shall (here state the substance of the resolution to be
56.24submitted)?, Yes ...... No......," with a square opposite each of the words "yes" and "no," in
56.25one of which the voter shall mark an "X" to indicate a choice. The county board may call
56.26a special county election upon a question to be held within 60 74 days after a resolution to
56.27that effect is adopted by the county board. Upon the adoption of the resolution the county
56.28auditor shall post and publish notices of the election, as required by section 204D.22,
56.29subdivisions 2 and 3. The election shall be conducted and the returns canvassed in the
56.30manner prescribed by sections 204D.20 to 204D.27, so far as practicable.

56.31    Sec. 95. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
56.32    Subd. 2. Elections. Except as provided in this chapter, the Minnesota Election Law
56.33applies to hospital district elections, as far as practicable. Regular elections must be held
56.34in each hospital district at the same time, in the same election precincts, and at the same
57.1polling places as general elections of state and county officers. It may establish the whole
57.2district as a single election precinct or establish two or more different election precincts and
57.3polling places for the elections. If there is more than one precinct, the boundaries of the
57.4election precincts and the locations of the polling places must be defined in the notice of
57.5election, either in full or by reference to a description or map on file in the office of the clerk.
57.6Special elections may be called by the hospital board to vote on any matter required
57.7by law to be submitted to the voters. A special election may not be conducted either
57.8during the 30 56 days before and the 30 days after the state or the 56 days after a regularly
57.9scheduled primary or state general election, or during the 20 days before and the 20 days
57.10after the regularly scheduled election of any municipality conducted wholly or partially
57.11within the hospital district. Special elections must be held within the election precinct or
57.12precincts and at the polling place or places designated by the board. In the case of the
57.13first election of officers of a new district, precincts and polling places must be set by the
57.14governing body of the most populous city or town included in the district.
57.15Advisory ballots may be submitted by the hospital board on any question it wishes,
57.16concerning the affairs of the district, but only at a regular election or at a special election
57.17required for another purpose.

57.18    Sec. 96. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
57.19    Subd. 3. Election notices. At least two weeks before the first day to file affidavits
57.20of candidacy, the clerk of the district shall publish a notice stating the first and last day
57.21on which affidavits of candidacy may be filed, the places for filing the affidavits and the
57.22closing time of the last day for filing. The clerk shall post a similar notice in at least one
57.23conspicuous place in each city and town in the district at least ten days before the first
57.24day to file affidavits of candidacy.
57.25At least 53 74 days prior to every hospital district election, the hospital district clerk
57.26shall provide a written notice to the county auditor of each county in which the hospital
57.27district is located. The notice must include the date of the election, the offices to be voted
57.28on at the election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the
57.29election. At least 46 days before a hospital district election for which a notice is provided
57.30to the county auditor under this subdivision, The county auditor shall immediately provide
57.31a notice to the secretary of state in a manner and including information prescribed by
57.32the secretary of state.
57.33The notice of each election must be posted in at least one public and conspicuous
57.34place within each city and town included in the district at least ten days two weeks before
57.35the election. It must be published in the official newspaper of the district or, if a paper has
58.1not been designated, in a legal newspaper having general circulation within the district, at
58.2least two weeks before the election. Failure to give notice does not invalidate the election
58.3of an officer of the district. A voter may contest a hospital district election in accordance
58.4with chapter 209. Chapter 209 applies to hospital district elections.

58.5    Sec. 97. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
58.6    Subd. 4. Candidates; ballots; certifying election. A person who wants to be a
58.7candidate for the hospital board shall file an affidavit of candidacy for the election either as
58.8member at large or as a member representing the city or town where the candidate resides.
58.9The affidavit of candidacy must be filed with the city or town clerk not more than 91 98 days
58.10nor less than 77 84 days before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the
58.11year in which the general election is held. The city or town clerk must forward the affidavits
58.12of candidacy to the clerk of the hospital district or, for the first election, the clerk of the
58.13most populous city or town immediately after the last day of the filing period. A candidate
58.14may withdraw from the election by filing an affidavit of withdrawal with the clerk of the
58.15district no later than 5:00 p.m. two days after the last day to file affidavits of candidacy.
58.16The governing body of any hospital district may, by resolution, require that a
58.17candidate for hospital district office who wants write-in votes for the candidate to be
58.18counted file a written request with the filing officer for the office sought no later than the
58.19seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall provide copies of the
58.20form to make the request.
58.21Voting must be by secret ballot. The clerk shall prepare, at the expense of the
58.22district, necessary ballots for the election of officers. Ballots must be printed on tan paper
58.23and prepared as provided in the rules of the secretary of state. The ballots must be marked
58.24and initialed by at least two judges as official ballots and used exclusively at the election.
58.25Any proposition to be voted on may be printed on the ballot provided for the election
58.26of officers. The hospital board may also authorize the use of voting systems subject to
58.27chapter 206. Enough election judges may be appointed to receive the votes at each
58.28polling place. The election judges shall act as clerks of election, count the ballots cast,
58.29and submit them to the board for canvass.
58.30After canvassing the election, the board shall issue a certificate of election to the
58.31candidate who received the largest number of votes cast for each office. The clerk shall
58.32deliver the certificate to the person entitled to it in person or by certified mail. Each person
58.33certified shall file an acceptance and oath of office in writing with the clerk within 30
58.34days after the date of delivery or mailing of the certificate. The board may fill any office
59.1as provided in subdivision 1 if the person elected fails to qualify within 30 days, but
59.2qualification is effective if made before the board acts to fill the vacancy.

59.3    Sec. 98. Laws 1963, chapter 276, section 2, subdivision 2, as amended by Laws 1992,
59.4chapter 534, section 1, is amended to read:
59.5    Subd. 2. One third of the members of the first hospital board shall be appointed for a
59.6term to expire one year from December 31 next following such appointment, one third
59.7for a term to expire two years from such date, and one third for a term to expire three
59.8years from such date. Successors to the original board members shall each be elected for
59.9terms of three years, and all members shall hold office until their successors are elected
59.10and qualify. Terms of all members shall expire on December 31. In case of a vacancy
59.11on the hospital board, whether due to death, removal from the district, inability to serve,
59.12resignation, or other cause the majority of the remaining members of the hospital board,
59.13at its next regular or special meeting, shall make an appointment to fill such vacancy for
59.14the then unexpired term. The election of successors to the original board members shall
59.15be elected by popular vote of the qualified voters in the hospital district. Hospital board
59.16elections shall be conducted as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 447.32. The
59.17hospital board shall, by resolution, adopt a plan for the orderly transition to the new
59.18election schedule. The resolution must be approved no later than four weeks before the
59.19first day to file affidavits of candidacy for the general election. The terms of hospital board
59.20members may be lengthened or shortened by one year as a part of the transition process.

59.21    Sec. 99. APPROPRIATION.
59.22$....... is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 2014 to the secretary of
59.23state to develop functionality within the statewide voter registration system to facilitate
59.24the processing and tracking of mail ballots submitted under Minnesota Statutes, sections
59.25204B.45 and 204B.46.

59.26    Sec. 100. REPEALER.
59.27Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 204B.42; 204D.11, subdivisions 2 and 3; 205.17,
59.28subdivisions 2 and 4; 205A.08, subdivision 4; 208.07; and 208.08, are repealed.

59.29ARTICLE 6
59.30LOSS AND RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS

59.31    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.851, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
60.1    Subd. 10. Felony sentence offender data; voter registration. The use and
60.2classification of felony sentence offender data made available to the secretary of state
60.3is governed by section 201.157.

60.4    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.054, is amended by adding a subdivision
60.5to read:
60.6    Subd. 1a. Invalid registrations; notice to voter. If the county auditor has reason
60.7to believe based upon records provided by another public entity that an individual who
60.8has submitted a voter registration application is not eligible to vote, the county auditor
60.9must notify the individual of the reason that the individual's eligibility is in question
60.10and that the individual will not be registered to vote unless the individual reaffirms the
60.11individual's eligibility in writing.

60.12    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.054, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
60.13    Subd. 2. Prohibitions; penalty; affirmative defense. (a) No individual shall
60.14intentionally:
60.15(a) (1) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered in any
60.16precinct if the individual is not eligible to vote;
60.17(b) (2) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered for the
60.18purpose of voting in more than one precinct;
60.19(c) (3) misrepresent the individual's identity when attempting to register to vote; or
60.20(d) (4) aid, abet, counsel, or procure any other individual to violate this subdivision.
60.21A violation of this subdivision is a felony.
60.22An individual who violates clause (1) but does not subsequently cast a ballot is guilty of a
60.23misdemeanor. An individual who violates clause (1) and subsequently casts a ballot is
60.24guilty of a felony. All other violations of this subdivision are a felony.
60.25(b) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for violation of paragraph (a), clause
60.26(1), if the individual:
60.27(1) requested, in writing, that the county auditor of the county where the individual
60.28resides withdraw the registration, and the request was made before any complaint was
60.29filed alleging a violation of paragraph (a), clause (1); and
60.30(2) did not vote at an election between the time the registration application was
60.31submitted and the time the individual requested the registration be withdrawn.

60.32    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.157, is amended to read:
60.33201.157 USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS DATA.
61.1    Subdivision 1. Access to data. (a) As required by the Help America Vote Act of
61.22002, Public Law 107-252, The commissioner of corrections shall make electronic data
61.3available to the secretary of state on individuals 18 years of age or older who are currently:
61.4(1) serving felony sentences under the commissioner's jurisdiction; or
61.5(2) on probation for felony offenses that would result in the loss of civil rights, as
61.6indicated by the statewide supervision system established under section 241.065.
61.7The data must include the name, date of birth, last known residential address that is
61.8not a correctional facility, and, if available, corrections' state identification number, and if
61.9available, and the driver's license or state identification card number, and, if an individual
61.10has completed the sentence, the date of discharge.
61.11(b) The secretary of state must determine if any data newly indicates that:
61.12(1) an individual with an active voter registration in the statewide voter registration
61.13system is currently serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction or is on
61.14probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil rights and the individual's
61.15voter record does not already have a challenged status due to a felony conviction;
61.16(2) an individual with an active voter registration in the statewide voter registration
61.17system who is currently serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction or
61.18who is on probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil rights appears
61.19to have registered to vote or to have voted during a period when the individual's civil
61.20rights were revoked; and
61.21(3) an individual with a voter record that has a challenged status due to a felony
61.22conviction who was serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction
61.23 or who has been on probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil
61.24rights has been discharged from a sentence.
61.25The secretary of state shall prepare a list of the registrants included under clause (1),
61.26(2), or (3) for each county auditor. For individuals under clause (1), the county auditor
61.27shall challenge the individual's record in the statewide voter registration system. The
61.28county auditor must provide information to the county attorney about individuals under
61.29clause (2) for the county attorney's investigation. For individuals under clause (3), the
61.30county auditor must determine if the challenge status should be removed from the voter
61.31record for the individual, and if so, must remove the challenge.
61.32The secretary of state must make the required determinations and provide the
61.33required lists to the county auditors at least monthly.
61.34For each state general election that occurs prior to the statewide voter registration
61.35system being programmed to generate lists as required by this section, the secretary of
61.36state must make the determination and provide lists to the county auditors between 30 and
62.160 days before the election and again between six and ten weeks after the election. In the
62.2year following that state election, the secretary of state must make this determination and
62.3provide lists to the county auditors again as part of the annual list maintenance.
62.4    Subd. 2. Notice to affected individuals. (a) Between 60 and 65 days prior to a state
62.5general election, the Department of Corrections shall provide to the secretary of state a list
62.6of offenders, who, at the time the list is prepared, are on supervised release or probation for
62.7a felony offense that resulted in the loss of civil rights. The list shall also include former
62.8offenders who the data indicates were discharged from all felony-level sentences since the
62.9previous list was provided in accordance with this subdivision and who are not serving a
62.10felony-level sentence at the time the list is prepared. The data must include the offender's
62.11name; date of birth; last known residential address that is not a correctional facility; if
62.12available, corrections state identification number and driver's license or state identification
62.13card number; and if an offender has completed the sentence, the date the discharge occurred.
62.14(b) The secretary of state shall use the data provided in paragraph (a) to mail written
62.15notices at least one month prior to a state general election, as follows:
62.16(1) a notice to each individual on probation for a felony offense that would result
62.17in the loss of civil rights, informing the individual that registration or voting while on
62.18probation for the offense is itself a felony offense and may result in the loss of the
62.19individual's probation status; and
62.20(2) a notice to each individual who has completed a term of probation resulting in
62.21the loss of civil rights and who has no new felony conviction, that the individual's right
62.22to vote has been restored.
62.23    Subd. 3. Data. Data on offenders submitted to the secretary of state under this
62.24section are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12, and
62.25may be used or disseminated only for purposes authorized by this section.

62.26    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.275, is amended to read:
62.27201.275 INVESTIGATIONS; PROSECUTIONS.
62.28A county attorney who law enforcement agency that is notified by affidavit of an
62.29alleged violation of this chapter shall promptly investigate. If there is probable cause for
62.30instituting a prosecution, the county attorney shall proceed by complaint or present the
62.31charge, with whatever evidence has been found, to the grand jury. A county attorney
62.32who refuses or intentionally fails to faithfully perform this or any other duty imposed by
62.33this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall forfeit office. The
62.34county attorney, under the penalty of forfeiture of office, shall prosecute all violations of
62.35this chapter except violations of this section; if, however, a complainant withdraws an
63.1allegation under this chapter, the county attorney is not required to proceed with the
63.2prosecution in accordance with the second edition of the National Prosecution Standards
63.3published by the National District Attorneys Association.

63.4    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
63.5    Subd. 3. Delivery of ballots. (a) The commissioner of corrections must provide
63.6the secretary of state with a list of the names and mailing addresses of correctional
63.7facilities in which only persons convicted of felony-level offenses reside in Minnesota.
63.8An application for an absentee ballot that provides an address included on the list provided
63.9by the commissioner of corrections must not be accepted and an absentee ballot must
63.10not be provided to the applicant. The county auditor or municipal clerk must promptly
63.11transmit a copy of the application to the county attorney. The Department of Corrections
63.12must implement procedures to ensure that absentee ballots issued under chapter 203B are
63.13not received or mailed by offenders incarcerated at correctional facilities in which only
63.14persons convicted of felony-level offenses reside.
63.15(b) If an application for absentee ballots is accepted at a time when absentee ballots
63.16are not yet available for distribution, the county auditor, or municipal clerk accepting the
63.17application shall file it and as soon as absentee ballots are available for distribution shall
63.18mail them to the address specified in the application. If an application for absentee ballots
63.19is accepted when absentee ballots are available for distribution, the county auditor or
63.20municipal clerk accepting the application shall promptly:
63.21    (1) mail the ballots to the voter whose signature appears on the application if the
63.22application is submitted by mail and does not request commercial shipping under clause (2);
63.23    (2) ship the ballots to the voter using a commercial shipper requested by the voter at
63.24the voter's expense;
63.25    (3) deliver the absentee ballots directly to the voter if the application is submitted in
63.26person; or
63.27    (4) deliver the absentee ballots in a sealed transmittal envelope to an agent who has
63.28been designated to bring the ballots, as provided in section 203B.11, subdivision 4, to a
63.29voter who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health
63.30reasons, or who is disabled, or who is a patient in a health care facility, a resident of
63.31a facility providing assisted living services governed by chapter 144G, a participant in
63.32a residential program for adults licensed under section 245A.02, subdivision 14, or a
63.33resident of a shelter for battered women as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4.
63.34    (b) (c) If an application does not indicate the election for which absentee ballots are
63.35sought, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall mail or deliver only the ballots for
64.1the next election occurring after receipt of the application. Only one set of ballots may
64.2be mailed, shipped, or delivered to an applicant for any election, except as provided in
64.3section 203B.121, subdivision 2, or when a replacement ballot has been requested by the
64.4voter for a ballot that has been spoiled or lost in transit.
64.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective June 15, 2013.

64.6    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.14, is amended to read:
64.7204C.14 UNLAWFUL VOTING; PENALTY.
64.8    Subdivision 1. Violations; penalty. No individual shall intentionally:
64.9(a) misrepresent the individual's identity in applying for a ballot, depositing a ballot in
64.10a ballot box or attempting to vote by means of a voting machine or electronic voting system;
64.11(b) vote more than once at the same election;
64.12(c) put a ballot in a ballot box for any illegal purpose;
64.13(d) give more than one ballot of the same kind and color to an election judge to
64.14be placed in a ballot box;
64.15(e) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to go into any precinct for the purpose
64.16of voting in that precinct, knowing that the other individual is not eligible to vote in
64.17that precinct; or
64.18(f) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to do any act in violation of this section.
64.19A violation of this section is a felony.
64.20    Subd. 2. Signature on roster as evidence of intent. For purposes of proving a
64.21violation of this section, the signature of an individual on a polling place roster is prima
64.22facie evidence of the intent of the individual to vote at that election.

64.23    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 241.065, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
64.24    Subd. 2. Establishment. The Department of Corrections shall administer and
64.25maintain a computerized data system for the purpose of assisting criminal justice agencies
64.26in monitoring and enforcing the conditions of conditional release imposed on criminal
64.27offenders by a sentencing court or the commissioner of corrections. The adult data and
64.28juvenile data as defined in section 260B.171 in the statewide supervision system are
64.29private data as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12, but are accessible to criminal
64.30justice agencies as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 3a, to the Minnesota sex offender
64.31program as provided in section 246B.04, subdivision 3, to public defenders as provided in
64.32section 611.272, to all trial courts and appellate courts, and to criminal justice agencies in
65.1other states in the conduct of their official duties. Adult data in the statewide supervision
65.2system are accessible to the secretary of state for the purposes described in section 201.157.

65.3    Sec. 9. [244.25] NOTICE OF LOSS OF VOTING RIGHTS.
65.4Whenever an adult felon is placed on probation supervision, the individual must be
65.5provided a written notice, included in the probation agreement, that the individual may not
65.6register to vote or cast a ballot in any election during the period of felony supervision. The
65.7individual must acknowledge, by signature, receipt of the notice. A copy of the notice and
65.8signature must be placed in the felon's probation supervision file.

65.9    Sec. 10. APPROPRIATION.
65.10(a) $....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2014 and $....... is appropriated in fiscal year
65.112015 to the secretary of state to administer this article. Of these amounts, $....... is added
65.12to the base budget of the secretary of state.
65.13(b) $....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2014 and $....... is appropriated in fiscal year
65.142015 to the commissioner of corrections to administer this article. Of this amount, $.......
65.15is added to the base budget of the Department of Corrections.

65.16ARTICLE 7
65.17JUNE PRIMARY

65.18    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
65.19    Subd. 2. Separate precincts; combined polling place. (a) The following shall
65.20constitute at least one election precinct:
65.21(1) each city ward; and
65.22(2) each town and each statutory city.
65.23(b) A single, accessible, combined polling place may be established no later than
65.24May March 1 of any year:
65.25(1) for any city of the third or fourth class, any town, or any city having territory in
65.26more than one county, in which all the voters of the city or town shall cast their ballots;
65.27(2) for contiguous precincts in the same municipality;
65.28(3) for up to four contiguous municipalities located entirely outside the metropolitan
65.29area, as defined by section 200.02, subdivision 24, that are contained in the same county; or
65.30(4) for noncontiguous precincts located in one or more counties.
65.31A copy of the ordinance or resolution establishing a combined polling place must
65.32be filed with the county auditor within 30 days after approval by the governing body. A
65.33polling place combined under clause (3) must be approved by the governing body of each
66.1participating municipality. A polling place combined under clause (4) must be approved
66.2by the governing body of each participating municipality and the secretary of state and
66.3may be located outside any of the noncontiguous precincts. A municipality withdrawing
66.4from participation in a combined polling place must do so by filing a resolution of
66.5withdrawal with the county auditor no later than April February 1 of any year.
66.6The secretary of state shall provide a separate polling place roster for each precinct
66.7served by the combined polling place. A single set of election judges may be appointed
66.8to serve at a combined polling place. The number of election judges required must be
66.9based on the total number of persons voting at the last similar election in all precincts to
66.10be voting at the combined polling place. Separate ballot boxes must be provided for the
66.11ballots from each precinct. The results of the election must be reported separately for each
66.12precinct served by the combined polling place, except in a polling place established under
66.13clause (2) where one of the precincts has fewer than ten registered voters, in which case the
66.14results of that precinct must be reported in the manner specified by the secretary of state.

66.15    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.14, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
66.16    Subd. 4. Boundary change procedure. Any change in the boundary of an election
66.17precinct must be adopted at least ten weeks before the date of the next election and, for the
66.18state primary and general election, no later than June April 1 in the year of the state general
66.19election. The precinct boundary change shall not take effect until notice of the change has
66.20been posted in the office of the municipal clerk or county auditor for at least 56 days.
66.21The county auditor must publish a notice illustrating or describing the congressional,
66.22legislative, and county commissioner district boundaries in the county in one or more
66.23qualified newspapers in the county at least 14 days before the first day to file affidavits of
66.24candidacy for the state general election in the year ending in two.
66.25Alternate dates for adopting changes in precinct boundaries, posting notices
66.26of boundary changes, and notifying voters affected by boundary changes pursuant
66.27to this subdivision, and procedures for coordinating precinct boundary changes with
66.28reestablishing local government election district boundaries may be established in the
66.29manner provided in the rules of the secretary of state.

66.30    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
66.31    Subdivision 1. Appointment lists; duties of political parties and secretary of
66.32state. On May March 1 in a year in which there is an election for a partisan political
66.33office, each major political party shall prepare a list of eligible voters to act as election
66.34judges in each election precinct. The political parties shall furnish the lists electronically
67.1to the secretary of state, in a format specified by the secretary of state. The secretary of
67.2state must combine the data received from each political party under this subdivision
67.3and must process the data to locate the precinct in which the address provided for each
67.4potential election judge is located. If the data submitted by a political party is insufficient
67.5for the secretary of state to locate the proper precinct, the associated name must not appear
67.6in any list forwarded to an appointing authority under this subdivision. The secretary of
67.7state shall notify political parties of any proposed election judges with addresses that
67.8could not be located in a precinct.
67.9    By May March 15, the secretary of state shall furnish electronically to the county
67.10auditor a list of the appropriate names for each election precinct in the jurisdiction of
67.11the appointing authority, noting the political party affiliation of each individual on the
67.12list. The county auditor must promptly forward the appropriate names to the appropriate
67.13municipal clerk.

67.14    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
67.15    Subdivision 1. State primary. The state primary shall be held on the second first
67.16 Tuesday after the third Monday in August June in each even-numbered year to select
67.17the nominees of the major political parties for partisan offices and the nominees for
67.18nonpartisan offices to be filled at the state general election, other than presidential electors.

67.19    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
67.20    Subdivision 1. Example ballot. (a) No later than May March 1 of each year, the
67.21secretary of state shall supply each auditor with a copy of an example ballot. The example
67.22ballot must illustrate the format required for the ballots used in the primary and general
67.23elections that year.
67.24(b) The county auditor shall distribute copies of the example ballot to municipal and
67.25school district clerks in municipalities and school districts holding elections that year. The
67.26official ballot must conform in all respects to the example ballot.

67.27    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.28, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
67.28    Subd. 5. Regular state primary. "Regular state primary" means:
67.29(a) the state primary at which candidates are nominated for offices elected at the
67.30state general election; or
67.31(b) a primary held on the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June
67.32 of odd-numbered years.

68.1    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.065, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
68.2    Subdivision 1. Establishing primary. A municipal primary for the purpose of
68.3nominating elective officers may be held in any city on the second first Tuesday after the
68.4third Monday in August June of any year in which a municipal general election is to
68.5be held for the purpose of electing officers. The date of a municipal primary held in
68.6an odd-numbered year may be postponed for inclement weather as provided in section
68.7205.105 .

68.8    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.065, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
68.9    Subd. 2. Resolution or ordinance. The governing body of a city may, by ordinance
68.10or resolution adopted by April January 15 in the year when a municipal general election
68.11is held, elect to choose nominees for municipal offices by a primary as provided in this
68.12section. The resolution or ordinance, when adopted, is effective for all ensuing municipal
68.13elections until it is revoked. The municipal clerk shall notify the secretary of state and the
68.14county auditor within 30 days after the adoption of the resolution or ordinance.

68.15    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
68.16    Subdivision 1. Resolution requiring primary in certain circumstances. The
68.17school board of a school district may, by resolution adopted by April January 15 of any
68.18year, decide to choose nominees for school board by a primary as provided in this section.
68.19The resolution, when adopted, is effective for all ensuing elections of board members in
68.20that school district until it is revoked. If the board decides to choose nominees by primary
68.21and if there are more than two candidates for a specified school board position or more
68.22than twice as many school board candidates as there are at-large school board positions
68.23available, the school district must hold a primary.

68.24    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
68.25    Subd. 2. Date. The school district primary must be held on the second first Tuesday
68.26 after the third Monday in August June in the year when the school district general election
68.27is held. The clerk shall give notice of the primary in the manner provided in section
68.28205A.07 . The date of a school district primary held in an odd-numbered year may be
68.29postponed for inclement weather as provided in section 205A.055.

68.30    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.06, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
68.31    Subd. 1a. Filing period. In school districts that have adopted a resolution to choose
68.32nominees for school board by a primary election, affidavits of candidacy must be filed
69.1with the school district clerk no earlier than the 84th day and no later than the 70th day
69.2before the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June in the year when the
69.3school district general election is held. In all other school districts, affidavits of candidacy
69.4must be filed no earlier than the 98th day and no later than the 84th day before the school
69.5district general election.

69.6    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.11, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:
69.7    Subd. 2a. Notice of special elections. The school district clerk shall prepare a
69.8notice to the voters who will be voting in a combined polling place for a school district
69.9special election. The notice must include the following information: the date of the
69.10election, the hours of voting, and the location of the voter's polling place. The notice must
69.11be sent by nonforwardable mail to every affected household in the school district with
69.12at least one registered voter. The notice must be mailed no later than 14 days before
69.13the election. The mailed notice is not required for a school district special election that
69.14is held on the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June, the Tuesday
69.15following the first Monday in November, or for a special election conducted entirely by
69.16mail. In addition, the mailed notice is not required for voters residing in a township if
69.17the school district special election is held on the second Tuesday in March and the town
69.18general election is held on that day. A notice that is returned as undeliverable must be
69.19forwarded immediately to the county auditor.

69.20    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.61, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
69.21    Subd. 5. Alternation. The provisions of the election laws requiring the alternation
69.22of names of candidates must be observed as far as practicable by changing the order of the
69.23names on an electronic voting system in the various precincts so that each name appears
69.24on the machines or marking devices used in a municipality substantially an equal number
69.25of times in the first, last, and in each intermediate place in the list or group in which
69.26they belong. However, the arrangement of candidates' names must be the same on all
69.27voting systems used in the same precinct. If the number of names to be alternated exceeds
69.28the number of precincts, the election official responsible for providing the ballots, in
69.29accordance with subdivision 1, shall determine by lot the alternation of names.
69.30If an electronic ballot marker is used with a paper ballot that is not an optical scan
69.31ballot card, the manner of alternation of candidate names on the paper ballot must be as
69.32prescribed for optical scan ballots in this subdivision.
70.1The rules adopted by the secretary of state for the rotation of candidate names must
70.2use the number of registered voters in each precinct as of 8:00 a.m. on May March 1 of
70.3the year when the rotation will be made as the basis for determining the rotation of names.

70.4    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.82, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
70.5    Subd. 2. Plan. The municipal clerk in a municipality where an electronic voting
70.6system is used and the county auditor of a county in which an electronic voting system
70.7is used in more than one municipality and the county auditor of a county in which a
70.8counting center serving more than one municipality is located shall prepare a plan which
70.9indicates acquisition of sufficient facilities, computer time, and professional services
70.10and which describes the proposed manner of complying with section 206.80. The plan
70.11must be signed, notarized, and submitted to the secretary of state more than 60 days
70.12before the first election at which the municipality uses an electronic voting system. Before
70.13May March 1 of each subsequent general election year, the clerk or auditor shall submit
70.14to the secretary of state notification of any changes to the plan on file with the secretary
70.15of state. The secretary of state shall review each plan for its sufficiency and may request
70.16technical assistance from the Office of Enterprise Technology or other agency which may
70.17be operating as the central computer authority. The secretary of state shall notify each
70.18reporting authority of the sufficiency or insufficiency of its plan within 20 days of receipt
70.19of the plan. The attorney general, upon request of the secretary of state, may seek a district
70.20court order requiring an election official to fulfill duties imposed by this subdivision or by
70.21rules promulgated pursuant to this section.

70.22    Sec. 15. EFFECTIVE DATE.
70.23Sections 1 to 14 are effective January 1, 2016, and apply to elections conducted
70.24on or after that date.

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