3rd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:16am
A bill for an act
relating to elections; changing certain requirements for elections; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 204B.19, subdivision 2; 204B.21, subdivisions
1, 2; 204B.46; 205.075, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 367.03,
subdivision 4, by adding a subdivision.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 204B.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endno individual shall be appointed as an election judge for any precinct if
deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end is unable to read, writenew text beginnew text end or speak the English language;
deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end is the spouse, parent, childnew text beginnew text end or siblingnew text beginnew text end of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate at
that election; or
deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end is a candidate at that election.
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Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 204B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
On June 1 in a year in which there is an election for a partisan political
office, deleted text beginthe county or legislative district chairs ofdeleted text end each major political partydeleted text begin, whichever
is designated by the state party,deleted text end shall prepare a list of eligible voters to act as election
judges in each election precinct deleted text beginin the county or legislative districtdeleted text end. The deleted text beginchairsdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end shall furnish the lists new text beginnew text endto the deleted text begincounty auditor of the county in which
the precinct is locateddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
By June 15, the deleted text begincounty auditordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end shall furnish new text beginnew text endto the
deleted text begin appointing authoritiesdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end a list of the appropriate names for each election
precinct in the jurisdiction of the appointing authoritydeleted text begin. Separate lists shall be submitted by
the county auditor for each major political partydeleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 204B.21, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Election judges for precincts
in a municipality shall be appointed by the governing body of the municipality. Election
judges for precincts in unorganized territory and for performing election-related duties
assigned by the county auditor shall be appointed by the county board. Election judges for
a precinct composed of two or more municipalities must be appointed by the governing
body of the municipality or municipalities responsible for appointing election judges as
provided in the agreement to combine for election purposes. Except as otherwise provided
in this section, appointments shall be made from lists furnished pursuant to subdivision 1
subject to the eligibility requirements and other qualifications established or authorized
under section 204B.19. At least two election judges in each precinct must be affiliated with
different major political parties. If no lists have been furnished or if additional election
judges are required after all listed names new text beginnew text end have been exhausted, the
appointing authority may appoint other individuals who meet the qualifications to serve as
an election judge, including persons who are not affiliated with a major political party.
The appointments shall be made at least 25 days before the election at which the election
judges will servenew text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 204B.46, is amended to read:
A county, municipality, or school district submitting questions to the voters at a
special election may conduct an election by mail with no polling place other than the
office of the auditor or clerk. No more than two questions may be submitted at a mail
election and no offices may be voted on. Notice of the election must be given to the county
auditor at least 53 days prior to the election. This notice shall also fulfill the requirements
of Minnesota Rules, part 8210.3000. The special mail ballot procedures must be posted at
least six weeks prior to the election. deleted text beginNo earlierdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end than deleted text begin20 ordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end later than 14
days prior to the election, the auditor or clerk shall mail ballots by nonforwardable mail to
all voters registered in the county, municipality, or school district. new text beginnew text endEligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed may apply for
ballots pursuant to chapter 203B.
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 205.075, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
The general election in a town must be held on the
second Tuesday in March, except as provided in subdivision 2new text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 205.075, is amended by adding a subdivision
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Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 367.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endsupervisors and other town officers in towns that hold the town general election in
November shall be elected for terms of four years commencing on the first Monday in
January and until their successors are elected and qualified. The clerk and treasurer shall
be elected in alternate years.
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 367.03, is amended by adding a subdivision
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