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SF 175

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/17/2019 01:46pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; allowing voter electronic signatures for purposes of electronic
rosters; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.225, subdivisions 2, 4, 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.225, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Technology requirements.

An electronic roster must:

(1) be able to be loaded with a data file that includes voter registration data in a file
format prescribed by the secretary of state;

(2) allow for data to be exported in a file format prescribed by the secretary of state;

(3) allow for data to be entered manually or by scanning a Minnesota driver's license or
identification card to locate a voter record or populate a voter registration application that
would be deleted text beginprinted anddeleted text end signed and dated by the voter. The deleted text beginprinteddeleted text end registration application
can be either a printed form, labels printed with voter information to be affixed to a preprinted
form, deleted text beginordeleted text end a combination of bothdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin, or an electronic record that the voter signs electronically.
If the registration application is an electronic record signed electronically, the electronic
roster must provide for a printed copy of the application indicating that the registration
application was signed electronically by the voter;
new text end

(4) allow an election judge to update data that was populated from a scanned driver's
license or identification card;

(5) cue an election judge to ask for and input data that is not populated from a scanned
driver's license or identification card that is otherwise required to be collected from the voter
or an election judge;

(6) immediately alert the election judge if the voter has provided information that indicates
that the voter is not eligible to vote;

(7) immediately alert the election judge if the electronic roster indicates that a voter has
already voted in that precinct, the voter's registration status is challenged, or it appears the
voter resides in a different precinct;

(8) provide immediate instructions on how to resolve a particular type of challenge when
a voter's record is challenged;

(9) provide for a deleted text beginprinteddeleted text end voter signature certificate, containing the voter's name, address
of residence, date of birth, voter identification number, the oath required by section 204C.10,
and a space for the voter's original signature. The deleted text beginprinteddeleted text end voter signature certificate can be
either a printed form deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end a label printed with the voter's information to be affixed to the oathnew text begin,
or an electronic record that the voter signs electronically. If the voter signature certificate
is an electronic record signed electronically, the electronic roster must provide for a printed
copy of the certificate indicating that the certificate was signed electronically by the voter
new text end;

(10) contain only preregistered voters within the precinct, and not contain preregistered
voter data on voters registered outside of the precinct;

(11) be only networked within the polling location on election day, except for the purpose
of updating absentee ballot records;

(12) meet minimum security, reliability, and networking standards established by the
Office of the Secretary of State in consultation with the Office of MN.IT Services;

(13) be capable of providing a voter's correct polling place; and

(14) perform any other functions necessary for the efficient and secure administration
of the participating election, as determined by the secretary of state.

Electronic rosters used only for election day registration do not need to comply with clauses
(1), (8), and (10). Electronic rosters used only for preregistered voter processing do not need
to comply with clauses (4) and (5).

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.225, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Election records retention.

All voter signature certificates and voter registration
applications printed from an electronic roster must be retained pursuant to section 204B.40.
The electronic rosters must print voter signature certificates and voter registration applications
on material that will remain legible through the period prescribed by section 204B.40. new text beginAll
voter signature certificates and voter registration applications signed electronically must be
retained pursuant to sections 204B.40 and 325L.12.
new text endData on election day registrants and
voter history must be uploaded to the statewide voter registration system for processing by
county auditors.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.225, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Election day.

(a) Precincts may use electronic rosters for election day
registration, to process preregistered voters, or both. The deleted text beginprinteddeleted text end election day registration
applications must be reviewed when electronic records are processed in the statewide voter
registration system. The election judges shall determine the number of ballots to be counted
by counting the number of original voter signature certificates or the number of voter receipts.

(b) Each precinct using electronic rosters shall have a paper backup system approved
by the secretary of state present at the polling place to use in the event that the election
judges are unable to use the electronic roster.