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SF 4086

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/06/2020 09:29am

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

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article VII, section 1;
authorizing individuals under the age of 18 to vote at a primary election in certain
circumstances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.014, subdivision
1.

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

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the amendment
is adopted, article VII, section 1, will read:
new text end

Section 1.

Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United
States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an
election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. new text beginA person under the age of 18 may vote in
a primary election if the person meets all other voter eligibility requirements and will be 18
years of age or older on the date of the general election.
new text endThe place of voting by one otherwise
qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be
prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any
election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been
convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship,
or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

Sec. 2. new text beginSUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2020 general election.
The question submitted must be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to allow people under 18 years of age to
vote in primary elections if they meet all other voter eligibility requirements and will be 18
years of age or older on the date of the next general election?
new text end

new text begin Yes .
new text end
new text begin No .
new text end
new text begin "
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 201.014, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Requirements.

new text begin(a) new text endExcept as provided in subdivision 2, an individual
who meets the following requirements at the time of an election is eligible to vote. The
individual must:

(1) be 18 years of age or older;

(2) be a citizen of the United States; and

(3) maintain residence in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding the election.

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), clause (1), an individual who is not 18 years of age
but who meets all other eligibility requirements for voting may cast a ballot at a primary
election or presidential nomination primary, for purposes of nominating candidates to be
voted on at the subsequent general election, if the individual will be 18 years of age or older
at the time the general election is held. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the ballot
provided to an individual authorized to vote under this paragraph must be prepared so that
the individual may vote only for the candidates seeking nomination for office and not for
any question or proposition.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin If the constitutional amendment in section 1 is approved by the
voters at the 2020 general election, this section is effective January 1, 2021.
new text end