as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/18/2019 02:13pm
A bill for an act
relating to elections; increasing the number of days during which in-person absentee
voters may deposit a ballot in the ballot box; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 203B.081, subdivision 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 203B.081, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
(a) The county auditor may make available a ballot
counter and ballot box for use by the voters during the deleted text beginsevendeleted text end new text beginnew text enddays before the election.
If a ballot counter and ballot box is provided, a voter must be given the option either (1) to
vote using the process provided in section 203B.08, subdivision 1, or (2) to vote in the
manner provided in this subdivision.
(b) If a voter chooses to vote in the manner provided in this subdivision, the voter must
state the voter's name, address, and date of birth to the county auditor or municipal clerk.
The voter shall sign a voter's certificate, which must include the voter's name, identification
number, and the certification required by section 201.071, subdivision 1. The signature of
an individual on the voter's certificate and the issuance of a ballot to the individual is evidence
of the intent of the individual to vote at that election.
(c) After signing the voter's certificate, the voter shall be issued a ballot and immediately
retire to a voting station or other designated location in the polling place to mark the ballot.
The ballot must not be taken from the polling place. If the voter spoils the ballot, the voter
may return it to the election official in exchange for a new ballot. After completing the
ballot, the voter shall deposit the ballot into the ballot box.
(d) The election official must immediately record that the voter has voted in the manner
provided in section 203B.121, subdivision 3.
(e) The election duties required by this subdivision must be performed by the county
auditor, municipal clerk, or a deputy of the auditor or clerk.