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HF 1282

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/05/2015 10:25pm

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

Bill Text Versions

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Introduction Posted on 03/02/2015

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; providing for the election of state legislators without
political party designation; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections
204D.08, subdivisions 4, 6; 204D.13, subdivision 1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 204D.08, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

State partisan primary ballot; party columns.

The state partisan primary
ballot shall be headed by the words "State Partisan Primary Ballot." The ballot shall be
printed on white paper. There must be at least three vertical columns on the ballot and each
major political party shall have a separate column headed by the words ".......... Party,"
giving the party name. Above the party names, the following statement shall be printed.

"Minnesota Election Law permits you to vote for the candidates of only one political
party in a state partisan primary election."

If there are only two major political parties to be listed on the ballot, one party must
occupy the left-hand column, the other party must occupy the right-hand column, and the
center column must contain the following statement:

"Do not vote for candidates of more than one party."

The names of the candidates seeking the nomination of each major political party
shall be listed in that party's column. If only one individual files an affidavit of candidacy
seeking the nomination of a major political party for an office, the name of that individual
shall be placed on the state partisan primary ballot at the appropriate location in that
party's column.

In each column, the candidates for senator in Congress shall be listed first, candidates
for representative in Congress second, deleted text begincandidates for state senator third, candidates
for state representative fourth
deleted text end and then candidates fornew text begin partisannew text end state office in the order
specified by the secretary of state.

The party columns shall be substantially the same in width, type, and appearance.
The columns shall be separated by a 12-point solid line.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 204D.08, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

State and county nonpartisan primary ballot.

The state and county
nonpartisan primary ballot shall be headed "State and County Nonpartisan Primary
Ballot." It shall be printed in the manner provided in the rules of the secretary of state. The
names of candidates for nomination to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, district court,
new text beginstate senator, state representative, new text endand all county offices shall be placed on this ballot.

No candidate whose name is placed on the state and county nonpartisan primary
ballot shall be designated or identified as the candidate of any political party or in any
other manner except as expressly provided by law.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 204D.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Order of offices.

The candidates for partisan offices shall be placed
on the state general election ballot in the following order: senator in Congress shall be
firstdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin andnew text end representative in Congress, seconddeleted text begin; state senator, third; and state representative,
fourth
deleted text end. The candidates fornew text begin partisannew text end state offices shall follow in the order specified by the
secretary of state. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor shall appear so that a
single vote may be cast for both offices.