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SF 1189

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/15/2019 09:36am

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; providing for automatic voter registration of applicants for a
driver's license, instruction permit, or identification card; appropriating money;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 13.607, by adding a subdivision;
201.161.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.607, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Data derived from driver's license applications. new text end

new text begin Data on an application for
a driver's license, a Minnesota identification card, or a learner's permit transferred to the
secretary of state that are provided by a person whom the secretary of state determines is
not eligible to vote are governed by section 201.161.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.161, is amended to read:


201.161new text begin AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION OFnew text end DRIVER'S LICENSEnew text begin,
INSTRUCTION PERMIT,
new text end AND IDENTIFICATION CARD deleted text beginAPPLICATIONSdeleted text endnew text begin
APPLICANTS
new text end.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Automatic registration. new text end

new text begin Except as otherwise provided in this section,
an individual must be registered to vote as provided in subdivisions 2 to 5, if the individual:
new text end

new text begin (1) properly completes an application for a new or renewed Minnesota driver's license,
instruction permit, or identification card; and
new text end

new text begin (2) is eligible to vote under section 201.014.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Applications. new text end

The deleted text beginDepartmentdeleted text endnew text begin commissionernew text end of public safety deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin, in
consultation with the secretary of state, must
new text end change deleted text beginitsdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end applications for an original,
duplicate, or change of address driver's licensenew text begin, instruction permit,new text end or identification card so
that the forms may also serve as voter registration applications. The forms must contain
spaces for all information collected by voter registration applications prescribed by the
secretary of state. deleted text beginApplicants for driver's licenses or identification cards must be asked if
they want to register to vote at the same time and that
deleted text endnew text begin Unless the applicant has provided an
address other than the applicant's address of residence under section 171.12, subdivision 7,
paragraph (d), the commissioner must transmit the
new text end information deleted text beginmust be transmitted at least
weekly
deleted text endnew text begin dailynew text end by electronic means to the secretary of state. Pursuant to the Help America
Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252, the computerized driver's license record containing
the voter's name, address, date of birth,new text begin citizenship,new text end driver's license number or state
identification number, county, deleted text begintown,deleted text end and citynew text begin or townnew text end must be made available for access by
the secretary of state and interaction with the statewide voter registration system.

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Registration. new text end

new text begin (a) The secretary of state must determine whether the applicant
is currently registered in the statewide voter registration system. For each currently registered
voter whose registration is not changed, the secretary of state must update the voter's
registration date in the statewide voter registration system. For each currently registered
voter whose registration is changed, the secretary of state must transmit the registration
daily by electronic means to the county auditor of the county where the voter resides.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the applicant is not currently registered in the statewide voter registration system,
the secretary of state must determine whether the applicant is 18 years of age or older and
a citizen of the United States. The secretary of state must also compare the voter registration
information received from the commissioner of public safety with the information received
under section 201.145 to determine whether the applicant is eligible to vote. If an applicant
is less than 18 years of age, the secretary of state must wait until the applicant has turned
18 years of age to determine whether the applicant is eligible to vote. For each applicant
the secretary of state determines is an eligible voter, the secretary of state must transmit the
registration daily by electronic means to the county auditor of the county where the voter
resides.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any data on applicants who the secretary determines are not eligible to vote are
private data on individuals, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Notice; option to decline registration. new text end

new text begin (a) Upon receipt of the registration,
the county auditor must mail to the voter the notice of registration required by section
201.121, subdivision 2. A notice mailed under this subdivision must provide information
to the voter on declining the registration if the voter does not wish to be registered to vote.
new text end

new text begin (b) The county auditor must delete the voter's record from the statewide voter registration
system upon receipt of a written request, signed by the voter, that the registration be removed.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Effective date. new text end

new text begin A registration application completed pursuant to this section
that is dated during the 20 days before an election is not effective until the day after the
election. This subdivision does not limit the ability of a person to register to vote on election
day as provided in section 201.061, subdivision 3.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
public safety to implement the requirements in section 2.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective July 1, 2019, and applies to applications for a new or renewed
Minnesota driver's license, instruction permit, or identification card submitted on or after
that date.
new text end