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2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/10/2013 08:34am

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to elections; making policy, technical, and clarifying changes to various
1.3provisions related to election law, including provisions related to redistricting,
1.4voting, absentee voting, vacancies in nomination, recounts, challengers,
1.5and election administration; providing early voting; modifying eligibility
1.6requirements for voting by absentee ballot; establishing the Uniform Faithful
1.7Presidential Electors Act; changing the date of the state primary from August
1.8to June; establishing a pilot project for conducting elections using electronic
1.9roster technology; creating the Electronic Roster Task Force; requiring a
1.10report; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections
1.1113.851, subdivision 10; 103C.225, subdivision 3; 103C.305, subdivision 3;
1.12103C.311, subdivision 2; 123A.48, subdivision 14; 201.022, subdivision
1.131; 201.054, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 201.071, subdivision 2;
1.14201.091, subdivision 8; 201.12, subdivision 3; 201.13, subdivision 1a; 201.14;
1.15201.157; 201.275; 202A.14, subdivision 1; 203B.001; 203B.01, by adding
1.16a subdivision; 203B.02, subdivision 1; 203B.03, subdivision 1; 203B.04,
1.17subdivisions 1, 5; 203B.05, subdivision 1; 203B.06, subdivisions 1, 3; 203B.08,
1.18subdivision 3; 203B.081; 203B.085; 203B.121, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 5, by adding
1.19a subdivision; 203B.227; 203B.28; 204B.04, by adding a subdivision; 204B.07,
1.20subdivision 2; 204B.13, subdivisions 1, 2, 5, by adding subdivisions; 204B.14,
1.21subdivisions 2, 4; 204B.18, subdivision 2; 204B.21, subdivision 1; 204B.22,
1.22subdivisions 1, 2; 204B.28, subdivisions 1, 2; 204B.32, subdivision 1; 204B.33;
1.23204B.35, subdivision 4; 204B.36, subdivision 1; 204B.45, subdivisions 1, 2;
1.24204B.46; 204C.07, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, by adding a subdivision; 204C.14;
1.25204C.15, subdivision 1; 204C.19, subdivision 2; 204C.25; 204C.27; 204C.35,
1.26subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 204C.36, subdivision 1; 204D.03,
1.27subdivision 1; 204D.08, subdivision 6; 204D.09, subdivisions 1, 2; 204D.11,
1.28subdivisions 1, 4, 5, 6; 204D.13, subdivision 3; 204D.14, subdivisions 1, 3;
1.29204D.15, subdivision 3; 204D.16; 204D.165; 204D.19, subdivision 2, by
1.30adding a subdivision; 204D.28, subdivision 5; 205.02, subdivision 2; 205.065,
1.31subdivisions 1, 2; 205.10, subdivision 3; 205.13, subdivision 1a, by adding a
1.32subdivision; 205.16, subdivisions 4, 5; 205.17, subdivisions 1, 3; 205A.03,
1.33subdivisions 1, 2; 205A.04, by adding a subdivision; 205A.05, subdivisions 1,
1.342; 205A.06, subdivision 1a, by adding a subdivision; 205A.07, subdivisions 3,
1.353a, 3b; 205A.08, subdivision 1; 205A.11, subdivision 2a; 206.57, by adding a
1.36subdivision; 206.61, subdivisions 4, 5; 206.82, subdivisions 1, 2; 206.83; 206.89,
1.37subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 206.895; 206.90, subdivision 6; 208.02;
1.38208.03; 208.04, subdivisions 1, 2; 208.06; 209.01, subdivision 2; 211B.045;
1.39211B.37; 241.065, subdivision 2; 340A.416, subdivisions 2, 3; 340A.602;
2.1375.20; 447.32, subdivisions 2, 3, 4; Laws 1963, chapter 276, section 2,
2.2subdivision 2, as amended; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
2.3chapters 2; 203B; 204B; 208; 244; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections
2.42.444; 2.484; 203B.04, subdivision 6; 204B.12, subdivision 2a; 204B.13,
2.5subdivisions 4, 6; 204B.42; 204D.11, subdivisions 2, 3; 205.17, subdivisions 2,
2.64; 205A.08, subdivision 4; 208.07; 208.08.
2.7BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

2.8ARTICLE 1
2.9REDISTRICTING

2.10    Section 1. [2.395] THIRTY-NINTH DISTRICT.
2.11    Subdivision 1. Senate district. Senate District 39 consists of that district as
2.12described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie,
2.13No. A11-152 (February 21, 2012).
2.14    Subd. 2. House of representatives districts. Notwithstanding the order of the
2.15Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie, No. A11-152 (February
2.1621, 2012), Senate District 39, as described in that order, is divided into two house of
2.17representatives districts as follows:
2.18(a) House of Representatives District 39A consists of that district as described in
2.19file L39A-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative
2.20Coordinating Commission and published on its Web site on March 9, 2012.
2.21(b) House of Representatives District 39B consists of that district as described in
2.22file L39B-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative
2.23Coordinating Commission and published on its Web site on March 9, 2012.

2.24    Sec. 2. [2.495] FORTY-NINTH DISTRICT.
2.25    Subdivision 1. Senate district. Senate District 49 consists of that district as
2.26described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie,
2.27No. A11-152 (February 21, 2012).
2.28    Subd. 2. House of representatives districts. Notwithstanding the order of the
2.29Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Hippert v. Ritchie, No. A11-152 (February 21,
2.302012), Senate District 49 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows:
2.31(a) House of Representatives District 49A consists of the district as described in
2.32that order, with the modification contained in file L49A-2, on file with the Geographic
2.33Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on
2.34its Web site on March 28, 2012.
3.1(b) House of Representatives District 49B consists of the district as described in
3.2that order, with the modification contained in file L49B-2, on file with the Geographic
3.3Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on
3.4its Web site on March 28, 2012.

3.5    Sec. 3. REPEALER.
3.6Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 2.444; and 2.484, are repealed.

3.7    Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.
3.8This article is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted
3.9in 2014 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2015, and for all
3.10elections held thereafter.

3.11ARTICLE 2
3.12EARLY VOTING

3.13    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
3.14    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The secretary of state shall maintain a statewide
3.15voter registration system to facilitate voter registration and to provide a central database
3.16containing voter registration information from around the state. The system must be
3.17accessible to the county auditor of each county in the state. The system must also:
3.18(1) provide for voters to submit their voter registration applications to any county
3.19auditor, the secretary of state, or the Department of Public Safety;
3.20(2) provide for the definition, establishment, and maintenance of a central database
3.21for all voter registration information;
3.22(3) provide for entering data into the statewide registration system;
3.23(4) provide for electronic transfer of completed voter registration applications from
3.24the Department of Public Safety to the secretary of state or the county auditor;
3.25(5) assign a unique identifier to each legally registered voter in the state;
3.26(6) provide for the acceptance of the Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota
3.27state identification number, and last four digits of the Social Security number for each
3.28voter record;
3.29(7) coordinate with other agency databases within the state;
3.30(8) allow county auditors and the secretary of state to add or modify information in
3.31the system to provide for accurate and up-to-date records;
4.1(9) allow county auditors, municipal and school district clerks, and the secretary
4.2of state to have electronic access to the statewide registration system for review and
4.3search capabilities;
4.4(10) provide security and protection of all information in the statewide registration
4.5system and ensure that unauthorized access is not allowed;
4.6(11) provide access to municipal clerks to use the system;
4.7(12) provide a system for each county to identify the precinct to which a voter
4.8should be assigned for voting purposes;
4.9(13) provide daily reports accessible by county auditors on the driver's license
4.10numbers, state identification numbers, or last four digits of the Social Security numbers
4.11submitted on voter registration applications that have been verified as accurate by the
4.12secretary of state; and
4.13(14) provide reports on the number of absentee ballots transmitted to and returned
4.14and cast by voters under section 203B.16.; and
4.15(15) provide reports necessary for early voting.
4.16The appropriate state or local official shall provide security measures to prevent
4.17unauthorized access to the computerized list established under section 201.021.

4.18    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.001, is amended to read:
4.19203B.001 ELECTION LAW APPLICABILITY.
4.20The Minnesota Election Law is applicable to voting by absentee ballot and early
4.21voting unless otherwise provided in this chapter.

4.22    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.23to read:
4.24    Subd. 5. Early voting. "Early voting" means voting in person before election day
4.25at polling places designated in the county auditor's offices in county-owned or operated
4.26buildings or at the municipal clerk's office within the time period provided in section
4.27203B.31.

4.28    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.085, is amended to read:
4.29203B.085 COUNTY AUDITOR'S AND MUNICIPAL CLERK'S OFFICES TO
4.30REMAIN OPEN DURING CERTAIN HOURS PRECEDING ELECTION.
4.31The county auditor's office in each county and the clerk's office in each city or
4.32town authorized under section 203B.05 to administer absentee balloting must be open
4.33for acceptance of absentee ballot applications and casting of absentee ballots from 8:00
5.1a.m. to 12:00 noon on the day immediately preceding a federal, state, or county election,
5.2unless that day falls on a Sunday. When performing the duties of the county auditor in
5.3an election not held in conjunction with a federal, state, or county election, the clerk's
5.4office must be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 5:00 p.m. on the
5.5day immediately preceding a primary, special, or general election unless that day falls
5.6on a Saturday or Sunday. Town clerks' offices must be open for absentee voting from
5.710:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Saturday before a town general election held in March.
5.8The school district clerk, when performing the county auditor's election duties, need not
5.9comply with this section.

5.10    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
5.11    Subdivision 1. Establishment; applicable laws. (a) The governing body of each
5.12county, municipality, and school district with responsibility to accept and reject absentee
5.13ballots or to administer early voting must, by ordinance or resolution, establish a ballot
5.14board. The board must consist of a sufficient number of election judges trained in the
5.15handling of absentee ballots and appointed as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22.
5.16The board may include staff trained as election judges.
5.17(b) Each jurisdiction must pay a reasonable compensation to each member of that
5.18jurisdiction's ballot board for services rendered during an election.
5.19(c) Except as otherwise provided by this section, all provisions of the Minnesota
5.20Election Law apply to a ballot board.

5.21    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, is amended by adding a
5.22subdivision to read:
5.23    Subd. 2a. Duties of ballot board; early voting. The members of the ballot board
5.24shall administer the process of early voting as prescribed in section 203B.35, and shall
5.25make a record of voters who cast ballots early and count those ballots as provided in
5.26subdivisions 4 and 5.

5.27    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
5.28    Subd. 3. Record of voting. (a) When applicable, the county auditor or municipal
5.29clerk must immediately record that a voter's absentee ballot has been accepted or that the
5.30voter has cast a ballot pursuant to the early voting procedures provided in this chapter. A
5.31voter whose record indicates that the voter has cast an early ballot must not be permitted
5.32to cast another ballot in that election. After the close of business on the fourth day before
5.33the election day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in section
6.1203B.31, a voter whose record indicates that an absentee ballot has been accepted or cast
6.2must not be permitted to cast another ballot at that election. In a state primary, general, or
6.3state special election for federal or, state, or county office, the auditor or clerk must also
6.4record this information in the statewide voter registration system.
6.5(b) The roster must be marked, and a supplemental report of absentee and early
6.6 voters who submitted a voter registration application with their ballot must be created, no
6.7later than the start of voting on election day to indicate the voters that have already cast a
6.8ballot at the election. The roster may be marked either:
6.9(1) by the county auditor or municipal clerk before election day;
6.10(2) by the ballot board before election day; or
6.11(3) by the election judges at the polling place on election day.
6.12The record of a voter whose absentee ballot was received after the close of business
6.13on the fourth day before the election is not required to be marked on the roster or contained
6.14in a supplemental report as required by this paragraph.

6.15    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
6.16    Subd. 4. Opening of envelopes. After the close of business on the fourth day
6.17before the election day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in
6.18section 203B.31, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted" may be opened,
6.19duplicated as needed in the manner provided in section 206.86, subdivision 5, initialed by
6.20the members of the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box. If more than
6.21one ballot is enclosed in the ballot envelope, the ballots must be returned in the manner
6.22provided by section 204C.25 for return of spoiled ballots, and may not be counted.

6.23    Sec. 9. [203B.30] EARLY VOTING.
6.24Any eligible voter may vote in person before election day in the manner provided
6.25in sections 203B.31 to 203B.35.

6.26    Sec. 10. [203B.31] TIME PERIOD FOR EARLY VOTING.
6.27Early voting must be available to any eligible voter as provided in section 203B.32
6.28for every primary, general, and special election for federal, state, or county office from 15
6.29days before the election through 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election. All voters
6.30in line at 5:00 p.m. on the third day before the election must be allowed to vote in the
6.31same manner as provided in section 204C.05, subdivision 2.

6.32    Sec. 11. [203B.32] HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING.
7.1Early voting must be available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on
7.2each weekday during the time period provided in section 203B.31, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
7.3p.m. on at least one weekday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the two Saturdays
7.4before the election.

7.5    Sec. 12. [203B.33] LOCATIONS FOR EARLY VOTING.
7.6(a) Early voting must be made available at polling places designated in the county
7.7auditor's offices in county-owned or operated buildings and at the municipal clerk's office
7.8in every municipality that has been delegated the responsibility to administer absentee
7.9voting as provided in section 203B.05. At least one voting station and one ballot marking
7.10device for disabled voters must be made available in each polling place.
7.11(b) The county auditor must make an electronic ballot counter available in each
7.12polling place.

7.13    Sec. 13. [203B.34] NOTICE TO VOTERS.
7.14The county auditor must prepare a notice to the voters of the days, times, and
7.15locations for early voting. This notice must be posted on the county's Web site and the
7.16Web site for each municipality in the county where an early voting location is designated
7.17for the election at least 14 days before the first day for early voting. If a county or
7.18municipality does not have a Web site, the county auditor or municipal clerk must publish
7.19the notice at least once in the jurisdiction's official newspaper at least seven days and not
7.20more than 14 days before the first day for early voting.

7.21    Sec. 14. [203B.35] PROCEDURES FOR EARLY VOTING.
7.22    Subdivision 1. Voting procedure. Each voter shall sign the certification provided in
7.23section 204C.10. An individual who is not registered to vote must register in the manner
7.24provided in section 201.061, subdivision 3.
7.25After the voter has signed the certification, a member of the ballot board must
7.26provide a ballot to the voter. Ballots must be prepared and distributed by members of the
7.27ballot board in the manner provided in section 204C.09. The voter must mark the ballot
7.28and deposit it in a precinct voting system. A voter may not leave the polling place with
7.29the ballot.
7.30    Subd. 2. Processing of ballots. Ballots cast pursuant to sections 203B.30 to
7.31203B.35 must be processed and counted by a ballot board.

7.32    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.28, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
8.1    Subd. 2. Election supplies; duties of county auditors and clerks. (a) Except as
8.2otherwise provided for absentee ballots in this section and in section 204B.35, subdivision
8.34
, the county auditor shall complete the preparation of the election materials for which
8.4the auditor is responsible at least four days before every state primary and state general
8.5election. At any time after all election materials are available from the county auditor
8.6but not later than four days before the election each municipal clerk shall secure from
8.7the county auditor:
8.8(a) (1) the forms that are required for the conduct of the election;
8.9(b) (2) any printed voter instruction materials furnished by the secretary of state;
8.10(c) (3) any other instructions for election officers; and
8.11(d) (4) a sufficient quantity of the official ballots, registration files, envelopes for
8.12ballot returns, and other supplies and materials required for each precinct in order to
8.13comply with the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law. The county auditor may
8.14furnish the election supplies to the municipal clerks in the same manner as the supplies are
8.15furnished to precincts in unorganized territory pursuant to section 204B.29, subdivision 1.
8.16(b) The county auditor must prepare and make available election materials for early
8.17voting to city clerks designed to administer early voting under section 203B.05 at least
8.18one day prior to the beginning of the early voting period as provided in section 203B.31.

8.19    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.82, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
8.20    Subdivision 1. Program. A program or programs for use in an election conducted
8.21by means of an electronic voting system or using an electronic ballot marker shall be
8.22prepared at the direction of the county auditor or municipal clerk who is responsible for
8.23the conduct of the election and shall be independently verified by a competent person
8.24designated by that official. The term "competent person" as used in this section means a
8.25person who can demonstrate knowledge as a computer programmer and who is other than
8.26and wholly independent of any person operating or employed by the counting center or the
8.27corporation or other preparer of the program. A test deck prepared by a competent person
8.28shall be used for independent verification of the program; it shall test the maximum digits
8.29used in totaling the returns and shall be usable by insertion during the tabulation process
8.30as well as prior to tabulation. A test deck must also be prepared using the electronic ballot
8.31marker program and must also be used to verify that all valid votes counted by the vote
8.32tabulator may be selected using the electronic ballot marker. The computer program for
8.33any election and an exact duplicate of the program for use as backup must be completed
8.34and delivered to the election jurisdiction or the county auditor in charge of a common
9.1central counting center at least 27 days prior to the election. The secretary of state shall
9.2adopt rules further specifying test procedures.

9.3    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.83, is amended to read:
9.4206.83 TESTING OF VOTING SYSTEMS.
9.5Within 14 22 days before election day, the official in charge of elections shall have
9.6the voting system tested to ascertain that the system will correctly mark ballots using all
9.7methods supported by the system, including through assistive technology, and count the
9.8votes cast for all candidates and on all questions. Public notice of the time and place of the
9.9test must be given at least two days in advance by publication once in official newspapers.
9.10The test must be observed by at least two election judges, who are not of the same major
9.11political party, and must be open to representatives of the political parties, candidates, the
9.12press, and the public. The test must be conducted by (1) processing a preaudited group
9.13of ballots punched or marked to record a predetermined number of valid votes for each
9.14candidate and on each question, and must include for each office one or more ballot cards
9.15which have votes in excess of the number allowed by law in order to test the ability of
9.16the voting system tabulator and electronic ballot marker to reject those votes; and (2)
9.17processing an additional test deck of ballots marked using the electronic ballot marker
9.18for the precinct, including ballots marked using the electronic ballot display, audio ballot
9.19reader, and any assistive voting technology used with the electronic ballot marker. If any
9.20error is detected, the cause must be ascertained and corrected and an errorless count must
9.21be made before the voting system may be used in the election. After the completion of
9.22the test, the programs used and ballot cards must be sealed, retained, and disposed of as
9.23provided for paper ballots.

9.24    Sec. 18. EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.
9.25The provisions of this article related to early voting are effective when the secretary
9.26of state has certified that:
9.27(1) the statewide voter registration system has been tested and shown to properly
9.28allow for the tracking of the information required to conduct early voting, and can handle
9.29the expected volume of use; and
9.30(2) precinct voting equipment that can tabulate at least 30 different ballot styles
9.31has been certified for use in this state. Upon certification pursuant to this section, the
9.32provisions of this article related to early voting apply to all federal, state, and county
9.33elections held on August 1, 2014, and thereafter. A jurisdiction may implement the
9.34requirements of this article prior to the date provided in this section, if the secretary of
10.1state has made the required certifications at least 90 days prior to the date of the election at
10.2which early voting will be used.

10.3ARTICLE 3
10.4ABSENTEE VOTING

10.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
10.6    Subdivision 1. Unable to go to polling place Absentee voting; eligibility. (a) Any
10.7eligible voter who reasonably expects to be unable to go to the polling place on election
10.8day in the precinct where the individual maintains residence because of absence from the
10.9precinct; illness, including isolation or quarantine under sections 144.419 to 144.4196
10.10 or United States Code, title 42, sections 264 to 272; disability; religious discipline;
10.11observance of a religious holiday; or service as an election judge in another precinct may
10.12vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections 203B.04 to 203B.15.
10.13(b) If the governor has declared an emergency and filed the declaration with the
10.14secretary of state under section 12.31, and the declaration states that the emergency has
10.15made it difficult for voters to go to the polling place on election day, any voter in a
10.16precinct covered by the declaration may vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections
10.17203B.04 to 203B.15.

10.18    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
10.19    Subdivision 1. Violation. No individual shall intentionally:
10.20(a) (1) make or sign any false certificate required by this chapter;
10.21(b) (2) make any false or untrue statement in any application for absentee ballots;
10.22(c) (3) apply for absentee ballots more than once in any election with the intent
10.23to cast an illegal ballot;
10.24(d) (4) exhibit a ballot marked by that individual to any other individual;
10.25(e) (5) do any act in violation of the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of
10.26casting an illegal vote in any precinct or for the purpose of aiding another to cast an
10.27illegal vote;
10.28(f) (6) use information from absentee ballot or early voting materials or records for
10.29purposes unrelated to elections, political activities, or law enforcement;
10.30(g) (7) provide assistance to an absentee or early voter except in the manner provided
10.31by section 204C.15, subdivision 1;
10.32(h) (8) solicit the vote of an absentee or early voter while in the immediate presence
10.33of the voter during the time the individual knows the absentee or early voter is voting; or
11.1(i) (9) alter an absentee ballot application after it has been signed by the voter,
11.2except by an election official for administrative purposes.
11.3Before inspecting information from absentee ballot or early voting materials or
11.4records, an individual shall provide identification to the public official having custody of
11.5the material or information.

11.6    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
11.7    Subdivision 1. Application procedures. (a) Except as otherwise allowed by
11.8subdivision 2 or by section 203B.11, subdivision 4, an application for absentee ballots for
11.9any election may be submitted at any time not less than one day before the day of that
11.10election. The county auditor shall prepare absentee ballot application forms in the format
11.11provided by the secretary of state and shall furnish them to any person on request. By
11.12January 1 of each even-numbered year, the secretary of state shall make the forms to be
11.13used available to auditors through electronic means. An application submitted pursuant to
11.14this subdivision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to:
11.15    (1) the county auditor of the county where the applicant maintains residence; or
11.16    (2) the municipal clerk of the municipality, or school district if applicable, where
11.17the applicant maintains residence.
11.18    (b) An application shall be approved if it is timely received, signed and dated by
11.19the applicant, contains the applicant's name and residence and mailing addresses, date
11.20of birth, and at least one of the following:
11.21(1) the applicant's Minnesota driver's license number;
11.22(2) Minnesota state identification card number;
11.23(3) the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number; or
11.24(4) a statement that the applicant does not have any of these numbers.
11.25(c) To be approved, the application must state that the applicant is eligible to vote by
11.26absentee ballot for one of the reasons specified in section 203B.02, and must contain an oath
11.27that the information contained on the form is accurate, that the applicant is applying on the
11.28applicant's own behalf, and that the applicant is signing the form under penalty of perjury.
11.29(d) An applicant's full date of birth, Minnesota driver's license or state identification
11.30number, and the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number must not be
11.31made available for public inspection. An application may be submitted to the county
11.32auditor or municipal clerk by an electronic facsimile device. An application mailed or
11.33returned in person to the county auditor or municipal clerk on behalf of a voter by a
11.34person other than the voter must be deposited in the mail or returned in person to the
11.35county auditor or municipal clerk within ten days after it has been dated by the voter and
12.1no later than six days before the election. The absentee ballot applications or a list of
12.2persons applying for an absentee ballot may not be made available for public inspection
12.3until the close of voting on election day.
12.4    (e) An application under this subdivision may contain an application under
12.5subdivision 5 to automatically receive an absentee ballot application.

12.6    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
12.7    Subd. 5. Permanent illness or disability absentee voter status. (a) An eligible
12.8voter who reasonably expects to be permanently unable to go to the polling place on
12.9election day because of illness or disability may apply to a county auditor or municipal
12.10clerk under this section to automatically receive an absentee ballot application before each
12.11election, other than an election by mail conducted under section 204B.45, and to have the
12.12status as a permanent absentee voter indicated on the voter's registration record.
12.13(b) A voter who applies under paragraph (a), must automatically be provided an
12.14absentee ballot for each eligible election. Ballots sent in accordance with this section must
12.15be sent by nonforwardable mail. A voter's permanent absentee status ends and automatic
12.16ballot delivery must be terminated on:
12.17(1) the voter's written request;
12.18(2) the voter's death;
12.19(3) return of a permanent absentee ballot as undeliverable; or
12.20(4) a change in the voter's status to "challenged" or "inactive" in the statewide voter
12.21registration system.
12.22(c) The secretary of state shall adopt rules governing procedures under this
12.23subdivision.

12.24    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
12.25    Subdivision 1. Printing and delivery of forms. Each county auditor and municipal
12.26clerk shall prepare and print a sufficient number of blank application forms for absentee
12.27ballots. The county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver a blank application form to
12.28any voter who requests one pursuant to section 203B.04. Blank application forms must be
12.29mailed to eligible voters who have requested an application pursuant to section 203B.04,
12.30subdivision 5
or 6, at least 60 days before:
12.31(1) each regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board
12.32office;
12.33(2) each regularly scheduled general election for city or school board office for
12.34which a primary is not held; and
13.1(3) a special primary to fill a federal or county office vacancy or special election to
13.2fill a federal or county office vacancy, if a primary is not required to be held pursuant to
13.3section 204D.03, subdivision 3, or 204D.07, subdivision 3; and
13.4(4) any election held in conjunction with an election described in clauses (1) to (3);
13.5or at least 45 days before any other primary or other election for which a primary is not held.

13.6    Sec. 6. EXPLANATION OF ABSENTEE BALLOT CHANGES; COUNTY
13.7AUDITOR DUTIES.
13.8No later than 60 days prior to the date of the state primary in 2014, each county
13.9auditor shall mail an explanation of the changes to the permanent absentee balloting
13.10process and an updated permanent absentee voter application to every voter with permanent
13.11absentee ballot status in the county auditor's county. Each county auditor shall also mail
13.12this explanation to every voter in the county auditor's county with ongoing absentee ballot
13.13status on the voter's voter record as of the effective date of this article. A voter must return
13.14the application to maintain the voter's status as a permanent absentee voter.
13.15Upon receipt of a completed application, the county auditor shall scan and retain an
13.16image of the application until the permanent absentee voter's status ends.

13.17    Sec. 7. REPEALER.
13.18Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.04, subdivision 6, is repealed.

13.19    Sec. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE.
13.20This article is effective January 1, 2014, and applies to voting at elections conducted
13.21on the date of the state primary in 2014 and thereafter.

13.22ARTICLE 4
13.23VACANCIES IN NOMINATION

13.24    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
13.25    Subdivision 1. Death or withdrawal Partisan office. (a) A vacancy in nomination
13.26may for a partisan office must be filled in the manner provided by this section. A vacancy
13.27in nomination exists for a partisan office when: (1) a major political party candidate
13.28or nonpartisan candidate who was nominated at a primary dies or files an affidavit of
13.29withdrawal as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 2a; or(2) a candidate for a
13.30nonpartisan office, for which one or two candidates filed, who has been nominated in
13.31accordance with section 204D.03, subdivision 3, or 204D.10, subdivision 1:
14.1(1) dies;
14.2(2) withdraws as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 1.; or
14.3(3) withdraws by filing an affidavit of withdrawal, as provided in paragraph (b), at
14.4least one day prior to the general election with the same official who received the affidavit
14.5of candidacy.
14.6(b) An affidavit of withdrawal filed under paragraph (a), clause (3), must state that
14.7the candidate has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness that will permanently and
14.8continuously incapacitate the candidate and prevent the candidate from performing the
14.9duties of the office sought, if elected. The affidavit must be accompanied by a certificate
14.10verifying the candidate's illness meets the requirements of this paragraph, signed by at
14.11least two licensed physicians. The affidavit and certificate may be filed by the candidate
14.12or the candidate's legal guardian.

14.13    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
14.14    Subd. 2. Partisan office; nomination by party; special election. (a) A vacancy in
14.15nomination for partisan office shall be filled as provided in this subdivision. Except as
14.16provided in subdivision 5, a major political party has the authority to may fill a vacancy
14.17in nomination of that party's candidate as defined in subdivision 1, clause (1) or (3) by
14.18filing a one nomination certificate with the same official who received the affidavits of
14.19candidacy for that office.
14.20(b) A major political party may provide in its governing rules a procedure, including
14.21designation of an appropriate committee, to fill vacancies a vacancy in nomination for all
14.22offices elected statewide any federal or state partisan office. The nomination certificate
14.23shall be prepared under the direction of and executed by the chair and secretary of the
14.24political party and filed within seven days after the vacancy in nomination occurs or
14.25before the 14th day before the general election, whichever is sooner. If the vacancy in
14.26nomination occurs through the candidate's death or catastrophic illness, the nomination
14.27certificate must be filed within seven days after the vacancy in nomination occurs but no
14.28later than four days before the general election the timelines established in this section.
14.29 When filing the certificate the chair and secretary when filing the certificate shall attach an
14.30affidavit stating that the newly nominated candidate has been selected under the rules of
14.31the party and that the individuals signing the certificate and making the affidavit are the
14.32chair and secretary of the party.
14.33(b) In the case of a vacancy in nomination for partisan office that occurs on or before
14.34the 79th day before the general election, the major political party must file the nomination
15.1certificate no later than 71 days before the general election. The name of the candidate
15.2nominated by the party must appear on the general election ballot.
15.3(c) Except as provided in subdivision 5, in the case of a vacancy in nomination for
15.4a partisan office that occurs after the 79th day before the general election, the general
15.5election ballot shall remain unchanged, but the county and state canvassing boards must
15.6not certify the vote totals for that office from the general election, and the office must be
15.7filled at a special election held in accordance with this section. Except for the vacancy
15.8in nomination, all other candidates whose names appeared on the general election ballot
15.9for the office must appear on the special election ballot for the office. New affidavits of
15.10candidacy or nominating petitions may not be accepted, and there must not be a primary to
15.11fill the vacancy in nomination. The major political party may file a nomination certificate
15.12as provided in paragraph (a), no later than seven days after the general election. On the
15.13date of the general election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall post a notice
15.14in each precinct affected by a vacancy in nomination under this paragraph, informing
15.15voters of the statutory reason for the vacancy in nomination as provided in subdivision 1,
15.16paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3), and the procedures for filling the vacancy in nomination
15.17and conducting a special election as required by this section. The secretary of state shall
15.18prepare and electronically distribute the notice to county auditors in each county affected
15.19by a vacancy in nomination.

15.20    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
15.21to read:
15.22    Subd. 2a. Partisan office; filing period. A vacancy in nomination for a partisan
15.23office due to a withdrawal of a candidate under section 204B.12, subdivision 1, may
15.24be filled in the manner provided in sections 204B.06, 204B.09, and 204B.11, except
15.25that all documents and fees required by those sections must be filed within five days
15.26after the vacancy in nomination occurs. There must be a two-day period for withdrawal
15.27of candidates after the last day for filing.
15.28If there is more than one candidate at the end of the withdrawal period to fill
15.29the vacancy in nomination, the candidates' names must appear on the primary ballot.
15.30Otherwise, the candidate's name must appear on the general election ballot.

15.31    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
15.32    Subd. 5. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. (a) If a vacancy in
15.33nomination for a major political party occurs in the race for governor, the political party
15.34must nominate the candidates for both governor and lieutenant governor. If a vacancy
16.1in nomination for a major political party occurs in the race for lieutenant governor,
16.2 the candidate for governor determined under this section shall select the candidate for
16.3lieutenant governor. If a vacancy in nomination occurs in the race for lieutenant governor,
16.4due to a vacancy in nomination for governor or due to the withdrawal or death of the
16.5candidate for lieutenant governor, the candidate for governor shall select the candidate for
16.6lieutenant governor as provided in this subdivision.
16.7(b) For a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor that occurs on or before the
16.816th 79th day before the general election, the name of the lieutenant governor candidate
16.9must be submitted by the governor candidate to the filing officer within seven days after
16.10the vacancy occurs, or before the 14th day before the general election, whichever is sooner
16.11 no later than 71 days before the general election. If the vacancy in nomination occurs
16.12through the death or catastrophic illness of the candidate for lieutenant governor occurs
16.13after the 79th day before the general election, the candidate for governor shall submit the
16.14name of the new lieutenant governor candidate to the secretary of state within seven days
16.15after the vacancy in nomination occurs but no later than four days before the general
16.16election. If the vacancy in nomination occurs through the death or catastrophic illness
16.17of the candidate for governor, the new candidate for governor shall submit the name of
16.18the lieutenant governor candidate within seven days after the vacancy in nomination for
16.19governor is filled under section 204B.13, subdivision 2, but no later than four days before
16.20the general election. occurs, but no changes may be made to the general election ballots.
16.21(c) When a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor occurs after the 79th day
16.22before the general election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall post a notice in
16.23each precinct affected by the vacancy in nomination. The secretary of state shall prepare
16.24and electronically distribute the notice to county auditors. The county auditor must ensure
16.25that each precinct in the county receives the notice prior to the opening of the polls on
16.26election day. The notice must include:
16.27(1) a statement that there is a vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor and the
16.28statutory reason for the vacancy in nomination as provided in subdivision 1, paragraph
16.29(a), clauses (1) and (3);
16.30(2) a statement that the results for the governor and lieutenant governor will be
16.31counted and that no special election will be held for that race; and
16.32(3) a list of all candidates in the governor and lieutenant governor's race, listed in order
16.33of the base rotation. The listing of candidates shall include the name of the candidate to
16.34fill the vacancy in nomination for lieutenant governor. If the name of the candidate has not
16.35yet been named, then the list must include the date by which the candidate will be named.

17.1    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.2to read:
17.3    Subd. 7. Date of special election. If a special election is required under this section,
17.4the governor shall issue a writ calling for a special election to be conducted on the second
17.5Tuesday in February of the year following the year the vacancy in nomination occurred.
17.6Except where otherwise provided in this section, the writ shall be issued and the special
17.7election conducted according to the requirements of sections 204D.22 to 204D.27.

17.8    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.9to read:
17.10    Subd. 8. Absentee voters. At least 46 days, but no more than 50 days, before a
17.11special election conducted under this section, the county auditor shall transmit an absentee
17.12ballot for the special election to each applicant for an absentee ballot whose application
17.13for an absentee ballot for the preceding general election was recorded under section
17.14203B.04 or 203B.17. New applicants for an absentee ballot may be provided a ballot
17.15in the manner specified in chapter 203B.

17.16    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.17to read:
17.18    Subd. 9. Appropriation. In the case of a statewide special election under this
17.19section, the amount necessary is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of
17.20state to cover costs incurred by the state, county, and municipal governments to conduct
17.21the special election.

17.22    Sec. 8. [204B.131] VACANCY IN NOMINATION; NONPARTISAN OFFICE.
17.23    Subdivision 1. Applicability. A vacancy in nomination for a nonpartisan office
17.24must be filled in the manner provided by this section. A vacancy in nomination for a
17.25nonpartisan office exists when:
17.26(1) a candidate for any nonpartisan office, for which one or two candidates filed,
17.27withdraws as provided in section 204B.12, subdivision 1; or
17.28(2) a candidate for any nonjudicial nonpartisan office, for which only one or two
17.29candidates filed or who was nominated at a primary, dies more than 79 days before the
17.30date of the general election.
17.31    Subd. 2. Procedure for filling vacancy. A vacancy in nomination for a nonpartisan
17.32office may be filled by filing an affidavit of candidacy and paying a filing fee, or by filing
17.33an affidavit of candidacy and filing a petition in place of a filing fee, in the manner
18.1provided in sections 204B.06, 204B.09, and 204B.11. All documents and fees required by
18.2this subdivision must be filed within five days after the vacancy in nomination occurs.
18.3There must be a two-day period for withdrawal of candidates after the last day for filing.
18.4If the vacancy in nomination resulted from a withdrawal during the withdrawal
18.5period held on the 68th to 69th day before the primary, and if, at the end of the withdrawal
18.6period to fill the vacancy in nomination, there are more than two candidates, the
18.7candidates' names must appear on the primary ballot. In all other cases, the candidates'
18.8names must appear on the general election ballot.

18.9    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.19, is amended by adding a subdivision
18.10to read:
18.11    Subd. 6. Writ when vacancy results from vacancy in nomination. If a vacancy in
18.12office is due to a vacancy in nomination under section 204B.13, the governor shall issue a
18.13writ in the manner provided in that section.

18.14    Sec. 10. REPEALER.
18.15Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 204B.12, subdivision 2a; and 204B.13,
18.16subdivisions 4 and 6, are repealed.

18.17    Sec. 11. EFFECTIVE DATE.
18.18This article is effective the day following final enactment and applies to vacancies in
18.19nomination occurring on or after that date.

18.20ARTICLE 5
18.21ELECTION ADMINISTRATION

18.22    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.225, subdivision 3, is amended to
18.23read:
18.24    Subd. 3. Referendum. (a) Within 60 days after the petition is received by the state
18.25board, it shall give due notice of the holding of a referendum, schedule the referendum at
18.26the next general election, and cooperate with county election officials to accomplish the
18.27election in the most expedient manner. Upon receipt of a petition, the state board shall
18.28provide written notice to the secretary of state and the county auditor of each county in
18.29which the district is located no later than 74 days before the state general election. The
18.30notice must include the date of the election and the title and text of the question to be
18.31placed on the ballot. Prior to the referendum, the state board shall facilitate the preparation
19.1of a plan to continue the administration of the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the
19.2district, including the functions of the district board.
19.3(b) The question shall be submitted by ballots, upon which the words "For terminating
19.4the existence of appear on the ballot in the following form: "Shall the .................. (name
19.5of the soil and water conservation district to be here inserted)" and "Against terminating
19.6the existence of the .................. (name of the soil and water conservation district to be here
19.7inserted)" shall be printed, with a square before each proposition and a direction to insert
19.8an X mark in the square before one or the other be terminated?".
19.9(c) Only eligible voters in the district may vote in the referendum.
19.10(d) Informalities in the conduct of the referendum or matters relating to the
19.11referendum do not invalidate the referendum, or result of the referendum, if due notice has
19.12been given and the referendum has been fairly conducted.
19.13(e) The state board shall publish the result of the referendum.

19.14    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.305, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
19.15    Subd. 3. Ballots. Ballots shall be prepared by the county auditor. The names of
19.16candidates shall be placed on the "canary ballot" described in section 204D.11, subdivision
19.173
state general election ballot. The office title printed on the ballot must be either "Soil
19.18and Water Conservation District Supervisor" or "Conservation District Supervisor," based
19.19upon the district from which the supervisor is to be elected.

19.20    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103C.311, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
19.21    Subd. 2. Supervisors elected by districts. (a) The district board, with the approval
19.22of the state board, may by resolution provide that supervisors will be elected by supervisor
19.23districts as provided in this subdivision.
19.24(b) The supervisor districts must be composed of precincts established by county and
19.25municipal governing bodies under section 204B.14. The districts must be compact, include
19.26only contiguous territory, and be substantially equal in population. The districts must be
19.27numbered in a regular series. The districts must be drawn by the county board of the county
19.28containing the largest area of the soil and water conservation district, in consultation with
19.29the district board and with the approval of the state board. The boundaries of the districts
19.30must be redrawn after each decennial federal census as provided in section 204B.135. A
19.31certified copy of the resolution establishing supervisor districts must be filed by the chair
19.32of the district board with the county auditor of the counties where the soil and water
19.33conservation district is located, with the state board, and with the secretary of state at least
19.3430 days before the first date candidates may file for the office of supervisor., and the filings
20.1must occur within 80 days of the time when the legislature has been redistricted or at least
20.215 weeks before the state primary election in a year ending in two, whichever comes first.
20.3(c) Each supervisor district is entitled to elect one supervisor. A supervisor must be a
20.4resident of the district from which elected.
20.5(d) The district board shall provide staggered terms for supervisors elected by
20.6district. After each redistricting, there shall be a new election of supervisors in all the
20.7districts at the next general election, except that if the change made in the boundaries of a
20.8district is less than five percent of the average population of all the districts, the supervisor
20.9in office at the time of the redistricting shall serve for the full term for which elected. The
20.10district board shall determine by lot the seats to be filled for a two-year term, a four-year
20.11term, and a six-year term.

20.12    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 123A.48, subdivision 14, is amended to read:
20.13    Subd. 14. Election. The board shall determine the date of the election, the number
20.14of boundaries of voting precincts, and the location of the polling places where voting shall
20.15be conducted, and the hours the polls will be open. The board shall also provide official
20.16ballots which must be used exclusively and shall be in the following form:
20.17For consolidation ....
20.18Against consolidation .... Shall the (name of school district) and the (name of school
20.19district) be consolidated as proposed? Yes…. No….
20.20The board must appoint election judges who shall act as clerks of election. The
20.21ballots and results must be certified to the board who shall canvass and tabulate the total
20.22vote cast for and against the proposal.

20.23    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.071, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
20.24    Subd. 2. Instructions. A registration application shall be accompanied by
20.25instructions specifying the manner and method of registration, the qualifications for
20.26voting, the penalties for false registration, and the availability of registration and voting
20.27assistance for elderly and disabled individuals and residents of health care facilities and
20.28hospitals. The instructions must indicate that if the voter does not have a valid Minnesota
20.29driver's license or identification card, the last four digits of the voter's Social Security
20.30number must be provided, unless the voter does not have a Social Security number. If,
20.31prior to election day, a person requests the instructions in Braille, on cassette tape audio
20.32format, or in a version printed in 16-point bold type with 24-point leading, the county
20.33auditor shall provide them in the form requested. The secretary of state shall prepare
20.34Braille and cassette audio copies and make them available.

21.1    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.091, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
21.2    Subd. 8. Registration places. Each county auditor shall designate a number of
21.3public buildings in those political subdivisions of the county where preregistration of
21.4voters is allowed as provided in section 201.061, subdivision 1, where eligible voters may
21.5register to vote. At least one public building must be designated for each 30,000 residents
21.6of the county. At least one telecommunications device for the deaf must be available for
21.7voter registration information in each county seat and in every city of the first, second,
21.8and third class.
21.9    An adequate supply of registration applications and instructions must be maintained
21.10at each designated location, and a designated individual must be available there to accept
21.11registration applications and transmit them to the county auditor.
21.12    A person who, because of disability, needs assistance in order to determine eligibility
21.13or to register must be assisted by a designated individual. Assistance includes but is not
21.14limited to reading the registration form and instructions and filling out the registration
21.15form as directed by the eligible voter.

21.16    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.12, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
21.17    Subd. 3. Moved out of state. If any nonforwardable mailing from an election
21.18official is returned as undeliverable but with a permanent forwarding address outside this
21.19state, the county auditor shall promptly mail to the voter at the voter's new address a notice
21.20advising the voter that the voter's status in the statewide voter registration system will be
21.21changed to "inactive" unless the voter notifies the county auditor within 21 days that the
21.22voter is retaining the former address as the voter's address of residence. If the voter's
21.23record is challenged due to a felony conviction, lack of United States citizenship, legal
21.24incompetence, or court-ordered revocation of voting rights of persons under guardianship,
21.25the county auditor must not mail this notice. If the notice is not received by the deadline,
21.26the county auditor shall change the voter's status to "inactive" in the statewide voter
21.27registration system.

21.28    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.13, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
21.29    Subd. 1a. Social Security Administration; other reports of deceased residents.
21.30The secretary of state shall determine if any of the persons listed on either the Social
21.31Security Death Index or reported as deceased by the vital records department of another
21.32state are registered to vote and prepare a list of those registrants for each county auditor.
21.33The county auditor shall change the status of those registrants to "deceased" in the
21.34statewide voter registration system.

22.1    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.14, is amended to read:
22.2201.14 COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT; REPORT
22.3CHANGES OF NAMES.
22.4The state court administrator shall regularly report by electronic means to the
22.5secretary of state the name, address, and, if available, driver's license or state identification
22.6card number of each individual, 18 years of age or over, whose name was changed since
22.7the last report, by marriage, divorce, or any order or decree of the court. The secretary of
22.8state shall determine if any of the persons in the report are registered to vote under their
22.9previous name and shall prepare a list of those registrants for each county auditor. Upon
22.10receipt of the list, the county auditor shall make the change in the voter's record and mail
22.11to the voter the notice of registration required by section 201.121, subdivision 2. A notice
22.12must not be mailed if the voter's record is challenged due to a felony conviction, lack of
22.13United States citizenship, legal incompetence, or court-ordered revocation of voting rights
22.14of persons under guardianship.

22.15    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 202A.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
22.16    Subdivision 1. Time and manner of holding; postponement. (a) In every state
22.17general election year, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the date established pursuant to paragraph
22.18(b), there shall be held for every election precinct a party caucus in the manner provided
22.19in sections 202A.14 to 202A.19.
22.20    (b)(1) The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to
22.21the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date
22.22on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses in the next
22.23even-numbered year.
22.24    (2) On March 1 of each odd-numbered year Within two business days after the
22.25parties have agreed on a single date on which to conduct their precinct caucuses, the
22.26secretary of state shall publicly announce the official state precinct caucus date for the
22.27following general election year.
22.28    (3) If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a
22.29single date for conducting their precinct caucuses as provided in this paragraph, then
22.30for purposes of the next general election year, the first Tuesday in February shall be
22.31considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus and sections 202A.19 and
22.32202A.192 shall only apply on that date.
22.33    (4) For purposes of this paragraph, the two largest major political parties shall be the
22.34parties whose candidates for governor received the greatest and second greatest number of
22.35votes at the most recent gubernatorial election.
23.1    (c) In the event of severe weather a major political party may request the secretary of
23.2state to postpone caucuses. If a major political party makes a request, or upon the secretary
23.3of state's own initiative, after consultation with all major political parties and on the advice
23.4of the federal Weather Bureau and the Department of Transportation, the secretary of state
23.5may declare precinct caucuses to be postponed for a week in counties where weather
23.6makes travel especially dangerous. The secretary of state shall submit a notice of the
23.7postponement to news media covering the affected counties by 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled
23.8day of the caucus. A postponed caucus may also be postponed pursuant to this subdivision.

23.9    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
23.10    Subdivision 1. Generally. The full-time clerk of any city or town shall administer
23.11the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 if:
23.12(1) the county auditor of that county has designated the clerk to administer them; or
23.13(2) the clerk has given the county auditor of that county notice of intention to
23.14administer them.
23.15The designation or notice must specify whether the clerk will be responsible for the
23.16administration of a ballot board as provided in section 203B.121.
23.17A clerk of a city that is located in more than one county may only administer the
23.18provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 and 203B.30 to 203B.35, if the clerk has been
23.19designated by each of the county auditors or has provided notice to each of the county
23.20auditors that the city will administer absentee voting. A clerk may only administer the
23.21provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 if the clerk has technical capacity to access the
23.22statewide voter registration system in the secure manner prescribed by the secretary of
23.23state. The secretary of state must identify hardware, software, security, or other technical
23.24prerequisites necessary to ensure the security, access controls, and performance of
23.25the statewide voter registration system. A clerk must receive training approved by the
23.26secretary of state on the use of the statewide voter registration system before administering
23.27this section. A clerk may not use the statewide voter registration system until the clerk
23.28has received the required training. The county auditor must notify the secretary of state
23.29of any municipal clerk who will be administering the provisions of this section and the
23.30duties that the clerk will administer.

23.31    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
23.32    Subd. 3. Procedures on receipt of ballots. When absentee ballots are returned to a
23.33county auditor or municipal clerk, that official shall stamp or initial and date the return
23.34envelope and place it in a secure location with other return envelopes received by that
24.1office. Within five days after receipt, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver to
24.2the ballot board all ballots received, except that during the 14 days immediately preceding
24.3an election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver all ballots received to
24.4the ballot board within three days. Ballots received on election day either (1) after 3:00
24.5p.m., if delivered by an agent; or (2) after the last mail delivery, if delivered by another
24.6method, shall be marked as received late by the county auditor or municipal clerk, and
24.7must not be delivered to the ballot board.

24.8    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.081, is amended to read:
24.9203B.081 LOCATIONS FOR ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON.
24.10    An eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot in the office of the county auditor and
24.11at any other polling place designated by the county auditor during the 46 days before: the
24.12election, except as provided in this subdivision.
24.13(1) a regularly scheduled election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
24.14office;
24.15(2) a special election for a federal or county office; and
24.16(3) an election held in conjunction with an election described in clauses (1) and (2),
24.17    and Voters casting absentee ballots in person for a town election held in March may
24.18do so during the 30 days before any other the election. An eligible voter may not vote by
24.19absentee ballot in person during the period designated for early voting, as provided in
24.20section 203B.31. The county auditor shall make such designations at least 14 weeks before
24.21the election. At least one voting booth in each polling place must be made available by the
24.22county auditor for this purpose. The county auditor must also make available at least one
24.23electronic ballot marker in each polling place that has implemented a voting system that is
24.24accessible for individuals with disabilities pursuant to section 206.57, subdivision 5.

24.25    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.121, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
24.26    Subd. 5. Storage and counting of absentee and early voting ballots. (a) On a
24.27day on which absentee or early voting ballots are inserted into a ballot box, two members
24.28of the ballot board must:
24.29(1) remove the ballots from the ballot box at the end of the day;
24.30(2) without inspecting the ballots, ensure that the number of ballots removed from
24.31the ballot box is equal to the number of voters who cast early votes and whose absentee
24.32ballots were accepted or cast that day; and
24.33(3) seal and secure all voted and unvoted ballots present in that location at the end
24.34of the day.
25.1(b) After the polls have closed on election day, two members of the ballot board
25.2must count the ballots, tabulating the vote in a manner that indicates each vote of the voter
25.3and the total votes cast for each candidate or question. In state primary and state general
25.4elections, the results must indicate the total votes cast for each candidate or question in each
25.5precinct and report the vote totals tabulated for each precinct. The count shall be public.
25.6No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the close of voting on election day
25.7 must be recorded on a summary statement in substantially the same format as provided in
25.8section 204C.26. The ballot board shall submit at least one completed summary statement
25.9to the county auditor or municipal clerk. The county auditor or municipal clerk may
25.10require the ballot board to submit a sufficient number of completed summary statements to
25.11comply with the provisions of section 204C.27, or the county auditor or municipal clerk
25.12may certify reports containing the details of the ballot board summary statement to the
25.13recipients of the summary statements designated in section 204C.27.
25.14In state primary and state general elections, these vote totals shall be added to the
25.15vote totals on the summary statements of the returns for the appropriate precinct. In other
25.16elections, these vote totals may be added to the vote totals on the summary statement of
25.17returns for the appropriate precinct or may be reported as a separate total.
25.18The count shall be public. No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the
25.19close of voting on election day.
25.20(c) In addition to the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b), if the task has not been
25.21completed previously, the members of the ballot board must verify as soon as possible, but
25.22no later than 24 hours after the end of the hours for voting, that voters whose absentee
25.23ballots arrived after the rosters were marked or supplemental reports were generated
25.24and whose ballots were accepted did not vote in person on election day. An absentee
25.25ballot submitted by a voter who has voted in person on election day must be rejected. All
25.26other accepted absentee ballots must be opened, duplicated if necessary, and counted by
25.27members of the ballot board. The vote totals from these ballots must be incorporated into
25.28the totals with the other absentee ballots and handled according to paragraph (b).

25.29    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.227, is amended to read:
25.30203B.227 WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT.
25.31    (a) A voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 1, may use a state write-in
25.32absentee ballot or the federal write-in absentee ballot to vote in any federal, state, or local
25.33election. In a state or local election, a vote for a political party without specifying the
25.34name of a candidate must not be counted.
26.1(b) If a voter submits a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot for which a Federal Post
26.2Card Application was not received, the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot serves as a voter
26.3registration, for voters who are eligible to register, in lieu of the voter's Federal Post Card
26.4Application. If the voter has not already voted and the accompanying certificate is properly
26.5completed, the absentee ballot board must accept the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

26.6    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.28, is amended to read:
26.7203B.28 POSTELECTION REPORT TO LEGISLATURE.
26.8By March 1, 2011, and by January 15 of every odd-numbered year thereafter, the
26.9secretary of state shall provide to the chair and ranking minority members of the legislative
26.10committees with jurisdiction over elections a statistical report related to absentee voting
26.11in the most recent general election cycle. The statistics must be organized by county
26.12and precinct, and include:
26.13(1) the number of absentee ballots transmitted to voters;
26.14(2) the number of absentee ballots returned by voters;
26.15(3) the number of absentee ballots that were rejected, categorized by the reason
26.16for rejection;
26.17(4) the number of absentee ballots submitted pursuant to sections 203B.16 to
26.18203B.27 , along with the number of returned ballots that were accepted, rejected, and
26.19the reason for any rejections; and
26.20(5) the number of absentee ballots that were not counted because the ballot return
26.21envelope was received after the deadlines provided in this chapter.

26.22    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.04, is amended by adding a
26.23subdivision to read:
26.24    Subd. 4. Prohibition on multiple candidacy. A candidate who files an affidavit
26.25of candidacy for an office to be elected at the general election may not subsequently file
26.26another affidavit of candidacy for any other office to be elected on the date of that general
26.27election, unless the candidate withdraws the initial affidavit pursuant to section 204B.12.
26.28The provisions in section 645.241 do not apply to this subdivision.

26.29    Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
26.30    Subd. 2. Petitions for presidential electors and alternates. This subdivision
26.31does not apply to candidates for presidential elector or alternate nominated by major
26.32political parties. Major party candidates for presidential elector or alternate are certified
26.33under section 208.03. Other presidential electors or alternates are nominated by petition
27.1pursuant to this section. On petitions nominating presidential electors or alternates, the
27.2names of the candidates for president and vice-president shall be added to the political
27.3party or political principle stated on the petition. One petition may be filed to nominate a
27.4slate of presidential electors equal in number to the number of electors to which the state
27.5is entitled and an alternate for each elector nominee.

27.6    Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.18, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
27.7    Subd. 2. Ballot boxes. Each polling place shall be provided with one ballot box for
27.8each kind of ballot to be cast at the election. The boxes shall be substantially the same color
27.9as the ballots to be deposited in them. Each box shall be of sufficient size and shall have a
27.10sufficient opening to receive and contain all the ballots likely to be deposited in it. When
27.11buff or goldenrod ballot boxes are required, a separate box must be provided for each school
27.12district for which ballots are to be cast at that polling place. The number and name of the
27.13school district must appear conspicuously on the top of each buff or goldenrod ballot box.

27.14    Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.22, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
27.15    Subdivision 1. Minimum number required. (a) A minimum of four election
27.16judges shall be appointed for each precinct, except as provided by subdivision 2 in the
27.17state general election. In all other elections, a minimum of three election judges shall
27.18be appointed for each precinct. In a combined polling place under section 204B.14,
27.19subdivision 2
, at least one judge must be appointed from each municipality in the
27.20combined polling place, provided that not less than three judges shall be appointed for
27.21each combined polling place. The appointing authorities may appoint election judges for
27.22any precinct in addition to the number required by this subdivision including additional
27.23election judges to count ballots after voting has ended.
27.24(b) An election judge may serve for all or part of election day, at the discretion of the
27.25appointing authority, as long as the minimum number of judges required is always present.
27.26The head election judge designated under section 204B.20 must serve for all of election day
27.27and be present in the polling place unless another election judge has been designated by the
27.28head election judge to perform the functions of the head election judge during any absence.

27.29    Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.22, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
27.30    Subd. 2. Exception. A minimum of three election judges shall be appointed in
27.31precincts not using electronic voting equipment. One additional election judge shall
27.32be appointed for each 150 votes cast in that precinct at the last similar election and in
27.33precincts with fewer than 500 registered voters as of 14 weeks before the state primary.

28.1    Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.28, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
28.2    Subdivision 1. Meeting with election officials. At least 12 weeks before each
28.3regularly scheduled town general election conducted in March, and at least 18 weeks
28.4before all other general elections, each county auditor shall conduct a meeting or otherwise
28.5communicate with local election officials to review the procedures for the election. The
28.6county auditor may require the head election judges in the county to attend this meeting.

28.7    Sec. 23. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.32, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
28.8    Subdivision 1. Payment. (a) The secretary of state shall pay the compensation for
28.9presidential electors, the cost of printing the pink paper ballots, and all necessary expenses
28.10incurred by the secretary of state in connection with elections.
28.11(b) The counties shall pay the compensation prescribed in section 204B.31, clauses
28.12(b) and (c), the cost of printing the canary ballots, the white ballots, the pink state general
28.13election ballots when machines are used, the state partisan primary ballots, and the
28.14state and county nonpartisan primary ballots, all necessary expenses incurred by county
28.15auditors in connection with elections, and the expenses of special county elections.
28.16(c) Subject to subdivision 2, the municipalities shall pay the compensation prescribed
28.17for election judges and sergeants at arms, the cost of printing the municipal ballots,
28.18providing ballot boxes, providing and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses
28.19of the municipal clerks in connection with elections, except special county elections.
28.20(d) The school districts shall pay the compensation prescribed for election judges
28.21and sergeants-at-arms, the cost of printing the school district ballots, providing ballot
28.22boxes, providing and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses of the school
28.23district clerks in connection with school district elections not held in conjunction with
28.24state elections. When school district elections are held in conjunction with state elections,
28.25the school district shall pay the costs of printing the school district ballots, providing ballot
28.26boxes and all necessary expenses of the school district clerk.
28.27All disbursements under this section shall be presented, audited, and paid as in
28.28the case of other public expenses.

28.29    Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.33, is amended to read:
28.30204B.33 NOTICE OF FILING.
28.31(a) At least 15 16 weeks before the state primary, the secretary of state shall notify
28.32each county auditor of the offices to be voted for in that county at the next state general
28.33election for which candidates file with the secretary of state. The notice shall include
28.34the time and place of filing for those offices. Within ten days after notification by the
29.1secretary of state, each county auditor shall notify each municipal clerk in the county of
29.2all the offices to be voted for in the county at that election and the time and place for
29.3filing for those offices. The county auditors and municipal clerks shall promptly post a
29.4copy of that notice in their offices.
29.5(b) At least two weeks one week before the first day to file an affidavit of candidacy,
29.6the county auditor shall publish a notice stating the first and last dates on which affidavits
29.7of candidacy may be filed in the county auditor's office and the closing time for filing on
29.8the last day for filing. The county auditor shall post a similar notice at least ten days before
29.9the first day to file affidavits of candidacy.

29.10    Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.35, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
29.11    Subd. 4. Absentee ballots; preparation; delivery. At least 46 days before a
29.12regularly scheduled an election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office
29.13or a special election for federal office, and at least 30 days before any other election,
29.14ballots necessary to fill applications of absentee voters shall be prepared and delivered to
29.15the officials who administer the provisions of chapter 203B, except as provided in this
29.16subdivision. Ballots necessary to fill applications of absentee voters for a town general
29.17election held in March shall be prepared and delivered to the town clerk at least 30 days
29.18before the election.
29.19This section applies to school district elections held on the same day as a statewide
29.20election or an election for a county or municipality located partially or wholly within
29.21the school district.

29.22    Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
29.23    Subdivision 1. Type. All ballots shall be printed with black ink on paper of sufficient
29.24thickness to prevent the printing from being discernible from the back. All ballots of the
29.25same color shall be substantially uniform in style of printing, size, thickness and shade of
29.26color. When the ballots of a particular color vary in shade, those used in any one precinct
29.27shall be of the same shade. All ballots shall be printed in easily readable type with suitable
29.28lines dividing candidates, offices, instructions and other matter printed on ballots. The
29.29name of each candidate shall be printed in capital letters. The same type shall be used for
29.30the names of all candidates on the same ballot.

29.31    Sec. 27. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.45, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
29.32    Subdivision 1. Authorization. A municipality town of any size not located in a
29.33metropolitan county as defined by section 473.121 or a city having fewer than 400 1,000
30.1 registered voters on June 1 of an election year and not located in a metropolitan county as
30.2defined by section 473.121 may provide balloting by mail at any municipal, county, or
30.3state election with no polling place other than the office of the auditor or clerk or other
30.4locations designated by the auditor or clerk. The governing body may apply to the county
30.5auditor for permission to conduct balloting by mail. The county board may provide for
30.6balloting by mail in unorganized territory. The governing body of any municipality may
30.7designate for mail balloting any precinct having fewer than 50 100 registered voters,
30.8subject to the approval of the county auditor.
30.9Voted ballots may be returned in person to any location designated by the county
30.10auditor or municipal clerk.

30.11    Sec. 28. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.45, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
30.12    Subd. 2. Procedure. Notice of the election and the special mail procedure must be
30.13given at least six ten weeks prior to the election. Not more than 46 days nor later than 14
30.14days before a regularly scheduled election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
30.15office or a special election for federal office and not more than 30 days nor later than 14
30.16days before any other election a town election held in March, the auditor shall mail ballots
30.17by nonforwardable mail to all voters registered in the town or unorganized territory. No
30.18later than 14 days before the election, the auditor must make a subsequent mailing of ballots
30.19to those voters who register to vote after the initial mailing but before the 20th day before
30.20the election. Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed may apply for
30.21ballots as provided in chapter 203B. Ballot return envelopes, with return postage provided,
30.22must be preaddressed to the auditor or clerk and the voter may return the ballot by mail or
30.23in person to the office of the auditor or clerk. The auditor or clerk must appoint a ballot
30.24board to examine the mail and absentee ballot return envelopes and mark them "accepted"
30.25or "rejected" within three days of receipt if there are 14 or fewer days before election day,
30.26or within five days of receipt if there are more than 14 days before election day. The board
30.27may consist of staff trained as election judges. Election judges performing the duties in
30.28this section must be of different major political parties, unless they are exempt from that
30.29requirement under section 205.075, subdivision 4, or section 205A.10. If an envelope has
30.30been rejected at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must remain
30.31sealed and the auditor or clerk shall provide the voter with a replacement ballot and return
30.32envelope in place of the spoiled ballot. If the ballot is rejected within five days of the
30.33election, the envelope must remain sealed and the official in charge of the ballot board must
30.34attempt to contact the voter by telephone or e-mail to notify the voter that the voter's ballot
30.35has been rejected. The official must document the attempts made to contact the voter.
31.1If the ballot is accepted, the county auditor or municipal clerk must mark the roster to
31.2indicate that the voter has already cast a ballot in that election. After the close of business
31.3on the fourth day before the election, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted"
31.4may be opened, duplicated as needed in the manner provided by section 206.86,
31.5subdivision 5, initialed by the members of the ballot board, and deposited in the ballot box.
31.6In all other respects, the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing
31.7deposit and counting of ballots apply.
31.8The mail and absentee ballots for a precinct must be counted together and reported
31.9as one vote total. No vote totals from mail or absentee ballots may be made public before
31.10the close of voting on election day.
31.11The costs of the mailing shall be paid by the election jurisdiction in which the voter
31.12resides. Any ballot received by 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election must be counted.

31.13    Sec. 29. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.46, is amended to read:
31.14204B.46 MAIL ELECTIONS; QUESTIONS.
31.15    A county, municipality, or school district submitting questions to the voters at a
31.16special election may conduct an election by mail with no polling place other than the office
31.17of the auditor or clerk. No offices may be voted on at a mail election. Notice of the election
31.18must be given to the county auditor at least 53 74 days prior to the election. This notice
31.19shall also fulfill the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 8210.3000. The special mail
31.20ballot procedures must be posted at least six weeks prior to the election. Not more than 30
31.21 46 nor later than 14 days prior to the election, the auditor or clerk shall mail ballots by
31.22nonforwardable mail to all voters registered in the county, municipality, or school district.
31.23No later than 14 days before the election, the auditor or clerk must make a subsequent
31.24mailing of ballots to those voters who register to vote after the initial mailing but before the
31.2520th day before the election. Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed
31.26may apply for ballots pursuant to chapter 203B. The auditor or clerk must appoint a ballot
31.27board to examine the mail and absentee ballot return envelopes and mark them "Accepted"
31.28or "Rejected" within three days of receipt if there are 14 or fewer days before election day,
31.29or within five days of receipt if there are more than 14 days before election day. The board
31.30may consist of staff trained as election judges. Election judges performing the duties in
31.31this section must be of different major political parties, unless they are exempt from that
31.32requirement under section 205.075, subdivision 4, or section 205A.10. If an envelope has
31.33been rejected at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must remain
31.34sealed and the auditor or clerk must provide the voter with a replacement ballot and return
31.35envelope in place of the spoiled ballot. If the ballot is rejected within five days of the
32.1election, the envelope must remain sealed and the official in charge of the ballot board must
32.2attempt to contact the voter by telephone or e-mail to notify the voter that the voter's ballot
32.3has been rejected. The official must document the attempts made to contact the voter.
32.4If the ballot is accepted, the county auditor or municipal clerk must mark the roster to
32.5indicate that the voter has already cast a ballot in that election. After the close of business
32.6on the fourth day before the election, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted"
32.7may be opened, duplicated as needed in the manner provided by section 206.86,
32.8subdivision 5, initialed by the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box.
32.9In all other respects, the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing
32.10deposit and counting of ballots apply.
32.11The mail and absentee ballots for a precinct must be counted together and reported
32.12as one vote total. No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the close of
32.13voting on election day.

32.14    Sec. 30. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
32.15    Subdivision 1. Partisan elections. At an election to fill partisan offices, the chair of
32.16an authorized committee of each major political party may appoint by written certificate
32.17voters from that political party to act as challengers of voters at the polling place for each
32.18precinct. Only one challenger from each major political party for each precinct shall be
32.19allowed to remain in the polling place at one time. A challenger may only remain in a
32.20polling place while performing authorized duties of a challenger or for other purposes
32.21as specified by law.

32.22    Sec. 31. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
32.23    Subd. 2. Nonpartisan elections. At an election to fill nonpartisan offices, each
32.24nonpartisan candidate may appoint by written certificate voters to act as challengers of
32.25voters at the polling place for each precinct. Only one challenger for each candidate shall
32.26be allowed to remain in the polling place for each precinct at one time. A challenger
32.27may only remain in a polling place while performing authorized duties of a challenger
32.28or for other purposes as specified by law.

32.29    Sec. 32. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, is amended by adding a
32.30subdivision to read:
32.31    Subd. 3b. Training requirement. (a) An individual must successfully complete
32.32one hour of training prior to serving as a challenger. The individual must complete the
32.33training once per two-year election cycle. The training must be approved by the secretary
33.1of state. The training must include, at a minimum, information on the role of challengers
33.2in the polling place, valid bases for challenges, prohibited conduct by challengers, and
33.3procedures for making challenges.
33.4(b) Individuals seeking admission to a polling place to serve as a challenger must
33.5provide a certificate issued by the secretary of state or a designee of the secretary of
33.6state. The secretary of state or designee must issue a certificate to an individual that
33.7successfully completes the training described in paragraph (a). The certificate must state
33.8that the individual completed the required training and include the date of the training. An
33.9individual that fails to present a certificate or presents a certificate dated before the current
33.10two-year election cycle shall not be allowed to serve as a challenger.

33.11    Sec. 33. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.07, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
33.12    Subd. 4. Restrictions on conduct. (a) An election judge may not be appointed as
33.13a challenger. The election judges shall permit challengers appointed pursuant to this
33.14section to be present in the polling place during the hours of voting and to remain there
33.15until the votes are counted and the results declared. No A head election judge may order a
33.16challenger to leave the polling place if the challenger fails to comply with the requirements
33.17of this section. A challenger must comply with the order to leave and must not serve as a
33.18challenger at any polling place for the remainder of the day.
33.19(b) A challenger shall not:
33.20(1) handle or inspect registration cards, files, or lists. Challengers shall not;
33.21(2) prepare in any manner any list of individuals who have or have not voted. They
33.22shall not;
33.23(3) attempt to influence voting in any manner. They shall not;
33.24(4) converse with a voter except to determine, in the presence of an election judge,
33.25whether the voter is eligible to vote in the precinct. or with a person assisting a voter;
33.26(5) use any electronic communication device inside the polling place; or
33.27(6) interfere with an election judge who is performing official duties.
33.28(c) Individuals seeking admission to a polling place to serve as a challenger must
33.29sign a form that acknowledges the challenger is aware of the prohibited activities in
33.30paragraph (b). The form shall be prescribed by the secretary of state and must, at a
33.31minimum, include a list of the prohibited activities in paragraph (b).

33.32    Sec. 34. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.15, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
33.33    Subdivision 1. Physical assistance in marking ballots. A voter who claims a need
33.34for assistance because of inability to read English or physical inability to mark a ballot may
34.1obtain the aid of two election judges who are members of different major political parties.
34.2The election judges shall mark the ballots as directed by the voter and in as secret a manner
34.3as circumstances permit. If the voter is deaf or cannot speak English or understand it when
34.4it is spoken, the election judges may select two individuals who are members of different
34.5major political parties to provide assistance. The individuals shall assist the voter in
34.6marking the ballots. A voter in need of assistance may alternatively obtain the assistance of
34.7any individual the voter chooses. Only the following persons may not provide assistance
34.8to a voter: the voter's employer, an agent of the voter's employer, an officer or agent of
34.9the voter's union, or a candidate for election. The person who assists the voter shall,
34.10unaccompanied by an election judge, retire with that voter to a booth and mark the ballot
34.11as directed by the voter. No person who assists another voter as provided in the preceding
34.12sentence shall mark the ballots of more than three voters at one election. Before the ballots
34.13are deposited, the voter may show them privately to an election judge to ascertain that they
34.14are marked as the voter directed. An election judge or other individual assisting a voter
34.15shall not in any manner request, persuade, induce, or attempt to persuade or induce the
34.16voter to vote for any particular political party or candidate. The election judges or other
34.17individuals who assist the voter shall not reveal to anyone the name of any candidate for
34.18whom the voter has voted or anything that took place while assisting the voter.

34.19    Sec. 35. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
34.20    Subd. 2. Ballots; order of counting. Except as otherwise provided in this
34.21subdivision, the ballot boxes shall be opened, the votes counted, and the total declared one
34.22box at a time in the following order: the white box, the pink box, the canary box, the light
34.23green box, the blue box, the buff box, the goldenrod box, the gray box, and then the other
34.24kinds of ballots voted at the election. If enough election judges are available to provide
34.25counting teams of four or more election judges for each box, more than one box may be
34.26opened and counted at the same time. The election judges on each counting team shall be
34.27evenly divided between the major political parties. The numbers entered on the summary
34.28sheet shall not be considered final until the ballots in all the boxes have been counted and
34.29corrections have been made if ballots have been deposited in the wrong boxes.

34.30    Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.25, is amended to read:
34.31204C.25 DISPOSITION OF BALLOTS.
34.32After the count and the summary statements have been completed, in the presence
34.33of all the election judges, the counted, defective, and blank ballots shall be placed in
34.34envelopes marked or printed to distinguish the color of the ballots contained, and the
35.1envelopes shall be sealed. The election judges shall sign each envelope over the sealed part
35.2so that the envelope cannot be opened without disturbing the continuity of the signatures.
35.3The number and kind of ballots in each envelope, the name of the town or city, and the
35.4name of the precinct shall be plainly written upon the envelopes. The number and name of
35.5the district must be plainly written on envelopes containing school district ballots. The
35.6spoiled ballots shall be placed in separate envelopes and returned with the unused ballots
35.7to the county auditor or municipal or school district clerk from whom they were received.

35.8    Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.27, is amended to read:
35.9204C.27 DELIVERY OF RETURNS TO COUNTY AUDITORS.
35.10One or more of the election judges in each precinct shall deliver two sets of
35.11summary statements; all spoiled white, pink, canary, and gray ballots; and the envelopes
35.12containing the white, pink, canary, and gray ballots either directly to the municipal clerk
35.13for transmittal to the county auditor's office or directly to the county auditor's office as
35.14soon as possible after the vote counting is completed but no later than 24 hours after the
35.15end of the hours for voting. One or more election judges shall deliver the remaining set
35.16of summary statements and returns, all unused and spoiled municipal and school district
35.17ballots, the envelopes containing municipal and school district ballots, and all other things
35.18furnished by the municipal or school district clerk, to the municipal or school district
35.19clerk's office within 24 hours after the end of the hours for voting. The municipal or school
35.20district clerk shall return all polling place rosters and completed voter registration cards to
35.21the county auditor within 48 hours after the end of the hours for voting.

35.22    Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.35, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
35.23    Subdivision 1. Automatic Publicly funded recounts. (a) In a state primary when
35.24the difference between the votes cast for the candidates for nomination to:
35.25(1) a state legislative office is less than one-half of one percent of the total number of
35.26votes counted for that nomination or is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast
35.27for the nomination is 400 votes or less; or
35.28(2) a statewide federal office, state constitutional office, statewide judicial office,
35.29congressional office, state legislative office, or district judicial office:
35.30    (1) is less than one-half one-quarter of one percent of the total number of votes
35.31counted for that nomination; or
35.32    (2) is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast for the nomination is 400
35.33votes or less;
36.1and the difference determines the nomination, the canvassing board with responsibility
36.2for declaring the results for that office shall manually recount the vote upon receiving a
36.3written request from the candidate whose nomination is in question.
36.4Immediately following the meeting of the board that has responsibility for
36.5canvassing the results of the nomination, the filing officer must notify the candidate that
36.6the candidate has the option to request a recount of the votes at no cost to the candidate.
36.7This written request must be received by the filing officer no later than 48 hours after the
36.8canvass of the primary for which the recount is being sought.
36.9    (b) In a state general election when the difference between the votes of a candidate
36.10who would otherwise be declared elected to:
36.11(1) a state legislative office is less than one-half of one percent of the total number of
36.12votes counted for that office or is ten votes or less and the total number of votes cast for
36.13the office is 400 votes or less; or
36.14(2) a statewide federal office, state constitutional office, statewide judicial office,
36.15congressional office, state legislative office, or district judicial office and the votes of
36.16any other candidate for that office:
36.17    (1) is less than one-half one-quarter of one percent of the total number of votes
36.18counted for that office; or
36.19    (2) is ten votes or less if the total number of votes cast for the office is 400 votes or less,
36.20the canvassing board shall manually recount the votes upon receiving a written request
36.21from the candidate whose election is in question.
36.22Immediately following the meeting of the board that has responsibility for
36.23canvassing the results of the general election, the filing officer must notify the candidate
36.24that the candidate has the option to request a recount of the votes at no cost to the
36.25candidate. This written request must be received by the filing officer no later than 48 hours
36.26after the canvass of the election for which the recount is being sought.
36.27    (c) A recount must not delay any other part of the canvass. The results of the recount
36.28must be certified by the canvassing board as soon as possible.
36.29    (d) Time for notice of a contest for an office which is recounted pursuant to this section
36.30shall begin to run upon certification of the results of the recount by the canvassing board.
36.31    (e) A losing candidate may waive a recount required pursuant to this section by
36.32filing a written notice of waiver with the canvassing board.

36.33    Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.35, is amended by adding a
36.34subdivision to read:
37.1    Subd. 4. Filing officer. For the purposes of this section, the secretary of state is
37.2the filing officer for candidates for all federal offices and for state offices voted on in
37.3more than one county. The county auditor is the filing officer for state offices voted on
37.4in only one county.

37.5    Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
37.6    Subdivision 1. Required Publicly funded recounts. (a) Except as provided in
37.7paragraph paragraphs (b) and (c), a losing candidate for nomination or election to a
37.8county, municipal, or school district office may request a recount of the votes cast for
37.9the nomination or election to that office if the difference between the vote cast for that
37.10candidate and for a winning candidate for nomination or election is less than one-half
37.11 one-quarter of one percent of the total votes counted for that office. In case of offices where
37.12two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office, the one-half
37.13 one-quarter of one percent difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes
37.14and the candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
37.15(b) A losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or school
37.16district office may request a recount of the votes cast for nomination or election to that
37.17office if the difference between the votes cast for that candidate and for a winning
37.18candidate for nomination or election is less than one-half of one percent, and the total
37.19number of votes cast for the nomination or election of all candidates is more than 400
37.20but less than 50,000. In cases of offices where two or more seats are being filled from
37.21among all the candidates for the office, the one-half of one percent difference is between
37.22the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the candidate with the most votes from
37.23among the candidates who were not elected.
37.24(b) (c) A losing candidate for nomination or election to a county, municipal, or
37.25school district office may request a recount of the votes cast for nomination or election
37.26to that office if the difference between the vote cast for that candidate and for a winning
37.27candidate for nomination or election is ten votes or less, and the total number of votes cast
37.28for the nomination or election of all candidates is no more than 400. In cases of offices
37.29where two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office,
37.30the ten vote difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the
37.31candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
37.32(c) (d) Candidates for county offices shall file a written request for the recount with
37.33the county auditor. Candidates for municipal or school district offices shall file a written
37.34request with the municipal or school district clerk as appropriate. All requests shall be filed
37.35during the time for notice of contest of the primary or election for which a recount is sought.
38.1(d) (e) Upon receipt of a request made pursuant to this section, the county auditor
38.2shall recount the votes for a county office at the expense of the county, the governing
38.3body of the municipality shall recount the votes for a municipal office at the expense of
38.4the municipality, and the school board of the school district shall recount the votes for a
38.5school district office at the expense of the school district.

38.6    Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.08, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
38.7    Subd. 6. State and county nonpartisan primary ballot. The state and county
38.8nonpartisan primary ballot shall be headed "State and County Nonpartisan Primary
38.9Ballot." It shall be printed on canary paper in the manner provided in the rules of the
38.10secretary of state. The names of candidates for nomination to the Supreme Court, Court of
38.11Appeals, district court, and all county offices shall be placed on this ballot.
38.12No candidate whose name is placed on the state and county nonpartisan primary
38.13ballot shall be designated or identified as the candidate of any political party or in any
38.14other manner except as expressly provided by law.

38.15    Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
38.16    Subd. 2. Sample ballot. At least two weeks 46 days before the state primary the
38.17county auditor shall prepare a sample state partisan primary ballot and a sample state and
38.18county nonpartisan primary ballot for each precinct for public inspection and transmit an
38.19electronic copy of these sample ballots to the secretary of state. The names of all of the
38.20candidates to be voted for in the county shall be placed on the sample ballots, with the
38.21names of the candidates for each office arranged in the base rotation as determined by
38.22section 206.61, subdivision 5. Only one sample state partisan primary ballot and one
38.23sample state and county nonpartisan ballot shall be prepared for any county. The county
38.24auditor shall post the sample ballots in a conspicuous place in the auditor's office and shall
38.25cause them to be published at least one week before the state primary in at least one
38.26newspaper of general circulation in the county.

38.27    Sec. 43. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
38.28    Subdivision 1. White State general election ballot; rules. The names of
38.29the candidates for all partisan state and federal offices, all proposed constitutional
38.30amendments, all county offices and questions, and all judicial offices voted on at the state
38.31general election shall be placed on a single ballot printed on white paper which that shall
38.32be known as the "white state general election ballot." This ballot shall be prepared by the
39.1county auditor subject to the rules of the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall
39.2adopt rules for preparation and time of delivery of the white state general election ballot.

39.3    Sec. 44. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
39.4    Subd. 4. Special federal white ballot. (a) The names of all candidates for the
39.5offices of president and vice-president of the United States and senator and representative
39.6in Congress shall be placed on a ballot printed on white paper which that shall be known
39.7as the "special federal white ballot."
39.8(b) This ballot shall be prepared by the county auditor in the same manner as
39.9the white state general election ballot and shall be subject to the rules adopted by the
39.10secretary of state pursuant to subdivision 1. This ballot must be prepared and furnished
39.11in accordance with the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act,
39.12United States Code, title 42, section 1973ff.
39.13(c) The special federal white ballot shall be the only ballot sent to citizens of
39.14the United States who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot for federal candidates in
39.15Minnesota.

39.16    Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
39.17    Subd. 5. Ballot headings. The white, pink, and special federal white ballot
39.18containing the offices and questions in subdivisions 1 and 4, shall be headed with the
39.19words "State General Election Ballot." The canary ballot shall be headed with the words
39.20"County and Judicial Nonpartisan General Election Ballot."

39.21    Sec. 46. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.11, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
39.22    Subd. 6. Gray Judicial ballot. When the canary ballot would be longer than 30
39.23inches or when it would not be possible to place all offices on a single ballot card for the
39.24state general election, the judicial offices that should be placed on the canary ballot may be
39.25placed instead on a separate gray judicial ballot. The gray judicial ballot shall be prepared
39.26by the county auditor in the manner provided in the rules of the secretary of state.
39.27The gray judicial ballot must be headed with the words: "Judicial Nonpartisan
39.28General Election Ballot." Separate ballot boxes must be provided for these gray judicial
39.29ballots.

39.30    Sec. 47. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.13, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
39.31    Subd. 3. Nominees by petition; placement on ballot. The names of candidates
39.32nominated by petition for a partisan office voted on at the state general election shall be
40.1placed on the white state general election ballot after the names of the candidates for that
40.2office who were nominated at the state primary. Prior to the state primary No later than
40.311 weeks before the state general election, the secretary of state shall determine by lot
40.4the order of candidates nominated by petition. The drawing of lots must be by political
40.5party or principle. The political party or political principle of the candidate as stated on
40.6the petition shall be placed after the name of a candidate nominated by petition. The word
40.7"nonpartisan" shall not be used to designate any partisan candidate whose name is placed
40.8on the white state general election ballot by nominating petition.

40.9    Sec. 48. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
40.10    Subdivision 1. Rotation of names. The names of candidates for nonpartisan offices
40.11on the canary state general election ballot and the judicial nonpartisan general election
40.12ballot shall be rotated in the manner provided for rotation of names on state partisan
40.13primary ballots by section 204D.08, subdivision 3.

40.14    Sec. 49. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.14, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
40.15    Subd. 3. Uncontested judicial offices. Judicial offices for a specific court for
40.16which there is only one candidate filed must appear after all other judicial offices for that
40.17same court on the canary ballot.

40.18    Sec. 50. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.15, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
40.19    Subd. 3. Sample pink ballot; constitutional amendments. Four weeks before the
40.20state general election the secretary of state shall file sample copies of the pink ballot
40.21 portion of the state general election ballot that contains the proposed constitutional
40.22amendments in the Secretary of State's Office for public inspection. Three weeks before
40.23the state general election the secretary of state shall mail transmit sample copies of the
40.24pink sample ballot to each county auditor. Each auditor shall post the sample ballot in a
40.25conspicuous place in the auditor's office.

40.26    Sec. 51. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.16, is amended to read:
40.27204D.16 SAMPLE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS; POSTING;
40.28PUBLICATION.
40.29Two weeks before the state general election the county auditor shall prepare sample
40.30copies of the white and canary ballots and At least 46 days before the state general
40.31election, the county auditor shall post copies of these sample ballots and a sample of the
40.32pink ballot for each precinct in the auditor's office for public inspection and transmit an
41.1electronic copy of these sample ballots to the secretary of state. No earlier than 15 days
41.2and no later than two days before the state general election the county auditor shall cause
41.3the sample white and canary ballots state general election ballots to be published in at
41.4least one newspaper of general circulation in the county.

41.5    Sec. 52. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.165, is amended to read:
41.6204D.165 SAMPLE BALLOTS TO SCHOOLS.
41.7Notwithstanding any contrary provisions in section 204D.09 or 204D.16, The county
41.8auditor, two weeks before the applicable primary or general election, shall provide one
41.9copy of the an appropriate sample partisan primary, nonpartisan primary, canary, white,
41.10or pink ballot to a school district upon request. The school district may have the sample
41.11ballots reproduced at its expense for classroom educational purposes and for educational
41.12activities authorized under section 204B.27, subdivision 7.

41.13    Sec. 53. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
41.14    Subd. 2. Special election when legislature will be in session. Except for
41.15vacancies in the legislature which occur at any time between the last day of session in an
41.16odd-numbered year and the 40th day prior to the opening day of session in the succeeding
41.17even-numbered year, when a vacancy occurs and the legislature will be in session so
41.18that the individual elected as provided by this section could take office and exercise the
41.19duties of the office immediately upon election, the governor shall issue within five days
41.20after the vacancy occurs a writ calling for a special election. The special election shall
41.21be held as soon as possible, consistent with the notice requirements of section 204D.22,
41.22subdivision 3
, but in no event more than 35 days after the issuance of the writ. A special
41.23election must not be held during the four days before or the four days after a holiday as
41.24defined in section 645.44, subdivision 5.

41.25    Sec. 54. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.02, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
41.26    Subd. 2. City elections. In all statutory and home rule charter cities, the primary,
41.27general and special elections held for choosing city officials and deciding public questions
41.28relating to the city shall be held as provided in this chapter, except that sections 205.065,
41.29subdivisions 4 to 6; 205.07, subdivision 3; 205.10; 205.121; and 205.17, subdivisions 2
41.30and subdivision 3, do not apply to a city whose charter provides the manner of holding
41.31its primary, general or special elections.

41.32    Sec. 55. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
42.1    Subd. 3. Prohibition. No special election authorized under subdivision 1 may be
42.2held within 40 56 days after the state general election.

42.3    Sec. 56. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.13, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
42.4    Subd. 1a. Filing period. In a city nominating candidates at a primary, an affidavit of
42.5candidacy for a city office voted on in November must be filed no more than 84 days nor
42.6less than 70 days before the city primary. In municipalities that do not hold a primary, an
42.7affidavit of candidacy must be filed no more than 70 days and not less than 56 days before
42.8the municipal general election held in March in any year, or a special election not held in
42.9conjunction with another election, and no more than 98 days nor less than 84 days before
42.10the municipal general election held in November of any year. The municipal clerk's office
42.11must be open for filing from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the filing period.

42.12    Sec. 57. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
42.13to read:
42.14    Subd. 7. Write-in candidates for city offices. The governing body of any city
42.15may, by resolution, require that a candidate for a city office who wants write-in votes for
42.16the candidate to be counted file a written request with the city clerk no later than the
42.17seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall provide copies of the
42.18form to make the request.

42.19    Sec. 58. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.16, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
42.20    Subd. 4. Notice to auditor. At least 67 74 days before every municipal election held
42.21in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school
42.22board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every municipal
42.23election held in connection with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state,
42.24county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and at least 53
42.25days before any other municipal election, the municipal clerk shall provide a written notice
42.26to the county auditor, including the date of the election, the offices to be voted on at the
42.27election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the election.
42.28At least 67 74 days before every municipal election held in conjunction with a regularly
42.29scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special
42.30primary for federal office, at least 74 days before a regularly scheduled general election for
42.31federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and
42.32at least 46 days before any other election, the municipal clerk must provide written notice
42.33to the county auditor of any special election canceled under section 205.10, subdivision 6.

43.1    Sec. 59. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.16, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
43.2    Subd. 5. Notice to secretary of state. At least 67 74 days before every municipal
43.3election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county,
43.4city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before
43.5every municipal election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election
43.6for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office,
43.7and at least 46 days before any other municipal election for which a notice is provided
43.8to the county auditor under subdivision 4, the county auditor shall provide a notice of
43.9the election to the secretary of state, in a manner and including information prescribed
43.10by the secretary of state.

43.11    Sec. 60. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.17, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
43.12    Subdivision 1. Second, third, and fourth class cities; towns Municipal offices;
43.13questions; general election ballot. In all statutory and home rule charter cities of the
43.14second, third, and fourth class, and in all towns, for the municipal general election, the
43.15municipal clerk shall have printed on light green paper the official ballot containing the
43.16names of all candidates for municipal offices and municipal ballot questions. The ballot
43.17shall be printed in quantities of 25, 50, or 100, shall be headed "City or Town Election
43.18Ballot," shall state the name of the city or town and the date of the election, and shall
43.19conform in other respects to the white ballot used at the state general election ballot. The
43.20names shall be arranged on city ballots in the manner provided for the state elections. On
43.21town ballots names of the candidates for each office shall be arranged either:
43.22(1) alphabetically according to the candidates' surnames; or
43.23(2) in the manner provided for state elections if the town electors chose at the town's
43.24annual meeting to arrange the names in that way for at least two consecutive years.

43.25    Sec. 61. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.17, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
43.26    Subd. 3. Primary ballots. The municipal primary ballot in cities of the second,
43.27third, and fourth class and towns and the nonpartisan primary ballot in cities of the first
43.28class shall conform as far as practicable with the municipal general election ballot except
43.29that it shall be printed on light green paper. No blank spaces shall be provided for writing
43.30in the names of candidates. The partisan primary ballot in cities of the first class shall
43.31conform as far as practicable with the state partisan primary ballot.

43.32    Sec. 62. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.04, is amended by adding a
43.33subdivision to read:
44.1    Subd. 3. Change in year of general election. The school board may, by resolution,
44.2change the year in which the school district general election will be held. The resolution
44.3must be approved no later than four weeks before the first day to file affidavits of
44.4candidacy for the general election. A plan for the orderly transition to the new election
44.5year must be included in the resolution. The terms of school board members may be
44.6lengthened or shortened by one year as a part of the transition process.

44.7    Sec. 63. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
44.8    Subdivision 1. Questions. Special elections must be held for a school district on a
44.9question on which the voters are authorized by law to pass judgment. The school board
44.10may on its own motion call a special election to vote on any matter requiring approval of
44.11the voters of a district. Upon petition filed with the school board of 50 or more voters of
44.12the school district or five percent of the number of voters voting at the preceding school
44.13district general election, whichever is greater, the school board shall by resolution call
44.14a special election to vote on any matter requiring approval of the voters of a district. A
44.15question is carried only with the majority in its favor required by law. The election officials
44.16for a special election are the same as for the most recent school district general election
44.17unless changed according to law. Otherwise, special elections must be conducted and the
44.18returns made in the manner provided for the school district general election. A special
44.19election may not be held during the 30 56 days before and the 30 56 days after the state a
44.20regularly scheduled primary, during the 30 days before and the 40 days after the state or
44.21general election. In addition, a special election may not be held during the 20 days before
44.22and the 20 days after any regularly scheduled election of a municipality conducted wholly
44.23or partially within the school district. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the
44.24time period in which a special election must be conducted under any other law may be
44.25extended by the school board to conform with the requirements of this subdivision.

44.26    Sec. 64. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
44.27    Subd. 2. Vacancies in school district offices. Special elections shall be held in
44.28school districts in conjunction with school district primary and general elections to fill
44.29vacancies in elective school district offices. When more than one vacancy exists in an
44.30office elected at-large, voters must be instructed to vote for up to the number of vacancies
44.31to be filled.

44.32    Sec. 65. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.06, is amended by adding a
44.33subdivision to read:
45.1    Subd. 6. Write-in candidates. The governing body of any school district may, by
45.2resolution, require that a candidate for school district office who wants write-in votes
45.3for the candidate to be counted file a written request with the filing office for the office
45.4sought no later than the seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall
45.5provide copies of the form to make the request.

45.6    Sec. 66. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
45.7    Subd. 3. Notice to auditor. At least 67 74 days before every school district election
45.8held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or
45.9school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every
45.10school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election for
45.11federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election for federal office,
45.12and at least 53 days before any other school district election, the school district clerk shall
45.13provide a written notice to the county auditor of each county in which the school district is
45.14located. The notice must include the date of the election, the offices to be voted on at the
45.15election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the election.
45.16For the purposes of meeting the timelines of this section, in a bond election, a notice,
45.17including a proposed question, may be provided to the county auditor before receipt of a
45.18review and comment from the commissioner of education and before actual initiation of
45.19the election. At least 67 74 days before every school district election held in conjunction
45.20with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or
45.21a special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before an election held in conjunction
45.22with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board
45.23office or a special election for federal office, and at least 46 days before any other election,
45.24the school district clerk must provide written notice to the county auditor of any special
45.25election canceled under section 205A.05, subdivision 3.

45.26    Sec. 67. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:
45.27    Subd. 3a. Notice to commissioner of education. At least 67 74 days before every
45.28school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal,
45.29state, county, city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74
45.30days before every school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled
45.31general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election
45.32for federal office, and at least 49 days before any other school district election, under
45.33section 123B.62, 123B.63, 126C.17, 126C.69, or 475.58, the school district clerk shall
45.34provide a written notice to the commissioner of education. The notice must include the
46.1date of the election and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the
46.2election. At least 67 74 days before every school district election held in conjunction with
46.3a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a
46.4special primary for federal office, at least 74 days before every school district election
46.5held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled general election for federal, state, county,
46.6city, or school board office or a special election for federal office, and at least 46 days
46.7before any other school district election, the school district clerk must provide a written
46.8notice to the commissioner of education of any special election canceled under section
46.9205A.05, subdivision 3 . The certified vote totals for each ballot question shall be provided
46.10in a written notice to the commissioner in a timely manner.

46.11    Sec. 68. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.07, subdivision 3b, is amended to read:
46.12    Subd. 3b. Notice to secretary of state. At least 67 74 days before every school
46.13district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled primary for federal, state,
46.14county, city, or school board office or a special primary for federal office, at least 74
46.15days before every school district election held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled
46.16general election for federal, state, county, city, or school board office or a special election
46.17for federal office, and at least 46 days before any other school district election for which
46.18a notice is provided to the county auditor under subdivision 3, the county auditor shall
46.19provide a notice of the election to the secretary of state, in a manner and including
46.20information prescribed by the secretary of state.

46.21    Sec. 69. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
46.22    Subdivision 1. Buff General election ballot. The names of all candidates for offices
46.23and all ballot questions to be voted on at a school district general election must be placed
46.24on a single ballot printed on buff paper and known as the "buff ballot.".

46.25    Sec. 70. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.57, is amended by adding a subdivision
46.26to read:
46.27    Subd. 8. Ballot boxes. Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, part 8230.4355, ballot
46.28boxes used with precinct count voting systems are not required to contain two separate
46.29compartments to receive ballots.
46.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

46.31    Sec. 71. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.61, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
47.1    Subd. 4. Order of candidates. On the "State Partisan Primary Ballot" prepared for
47.2primary elections, and on the white state general election ballot prepared for the general
47.3election, the order of the names of nominees or names of candidates for election shall be
47.4the same as required for paper ballots. More than one column or row may be used for the
47.5same office or party. Electronic ballot display and audio ballot readers must conform to
47.6the candidate order on the optical scan ballot used in the precinct.

47.7    Sec. 72. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.89, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
47.8    Subd. 2. Selection for review; notice. At the canvass of the state primary, the
47.9county canvassing board in each county must set the date, time, and place for the
47.10postelection review of the state general election to be held under this section. The
47.11postelection review must not begin before the 11th day after the state general election and
47.12must be completed no later than the 18th day after the state general election.
47.13    At the canvass of the state general election, the county canvassing boards must select
47.14the precincts to be reviewed by lot. Ballots counted centrally by a ballot board shall be
47.15considered one precinct eligible to be selected for purposes of this subdivision. The ballots
47.16to be reviewed for a precinct include both the ballots counted at the polling place for that
47.17precinct and the absentee ballots counted centrally by a ballot board for that precinct. The
47.18county canvassing board of a county with fewer than 50,000 registered voters must conduct
47.19a postelection review of a total of at least two precincts. The county canvassing board of a
47.20county with between 50,000 and 100,000 registered voters must conduct a review of a total
47.21of at least three precincts. The county canvassing board of a county with over 100,000
47.22registered voters must conduct a review of a total of at least four precincts, or three percent
47.23of the total number of precincts in the county, whichever is greater. At least one precinct
47.24selected in each county must have had more than 150 votes cast at the general election.
47.25    The county auditor must notify the secretary of state of the precincts that have been
47.26chosen for review and the time and place the postelection review for that county will be
47.27conducted, as soon as the decisions are made. If the selection of precincts has not resulted
47.28in the selection of at least four precincts in each congressional district, the secretary of state
47.29may require counties to select by lot additional precincts to meet the congressional district
47.30requirement. The secretary of state must post this information on the office Web site.

47.31    Sec. 73. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.89, is amended by adding a subdivision
47.32to read:
47.33    Subd. 2a. Exception. No review is required for an office that is recounted as
47.34provided in section 204C.35, subdivision 1.

48.1    Sec. 74. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.895, is amended to read:
48.2206.895 SECRETARY OF STATE MONITOR.
48.3The secretary of state must monitor and evaluate election procedures in precincts
48.4subject to the audit provided for in section 206.89 in at least four precincts one precinct in
48.5each congressional district. The precincts must be chosen by lot by the State Canvassing
48.6Board at its meeting to canvass the state general election.

48.7    Sec. 75. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.90, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
48.8    Subd. 6. Ballots. In precincts using optical scan voting systems, a single ballot card
48.9on which all ballot information is included must be printed in black ink on white colored
48.10material except that marks not to be read by the automatic tabulating equipment may be
48.11printed in another color ink. In state elections, a single ballot title must be used, as provided
48.12in sections 204D.08, subdivision 6, and 204D.11, subdivision 1. In odd-numbered years
48.13when both municipal and school district offices or questions appear on the ballot, the
48.14single ballot title "City (or Town) and School District Ballot" must be used.
48.15On the front of the ballot must be printed the words "Official Ballot" and the date of
48.16the election and lines for the initials of at least two election judges.
48.17When optical scan ballots are used, the offices to be elected must appear in the
48.18following order: federal offices; state legislative offices; constitutional offices; proposed
48.19constitutional amendments; county offices and questions; municipal offices and questions;
48.20school district offices and questions; special district offices and questions; and judicial
48.21offices.
48.22On optical scan ballots, the names of candidates and the words "yes" and "no" for
48.23ballot questions must be printed as close to their corresponding vote targets as possible.
48.24The line on an optical scan ballot for write-in votes must contain the words "write-in,
48.25if any."
48.26If a primary ballot contains both a partisan ballot and a nonpartisan ballot, the
48.27instructions to voters must include a statement that reads substantially as follows: "THIS
48.28BALLOT CARD CONTAINS A PARTISAN BALLOT AND A NONPARTISAN
48.29BALLOT. ON THE PARTISAN BALLOT YOU ARE PERMITTED TO VOTE FOR
48.30CANDIDATES OF ONE POLITICAL PARTY ONLY." If a primary ballot contains
48.31political party columns on both sides of the ballot, the instructions to voters must include a
48.32statement that reads substantially as follows: "ADDITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE
48.33PRINTED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BALLOT. VOTE FOR ONE POLITICAL
48.34PARTY ONLY." At the bottom of each political party column on the primary ballot, the
48.35ballot must contain a statement that reads substantially as follows: "CONTINUE VOTING
49.1ON THE NONPARTISAN BALLOT." The instructions in section 204D.08, subdivision 4,
49.2do not apply to optical scan partisan primary ballots. Electronic ballot displays and audio
49.3ballot readers must follow the order of offices and questions on the optical scan or paper
49.4ballot used in the same precinct, or the sample ballot posted for that precinct.

49.5    Sec. 76. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.02, is amended to read:
49.6208.02 ELECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS AND ALTERNATES.
49.7Presidential electors and alternates shall be chosen at the state general election held
49.8in the year preceding the expiration of the term of the president of the United States.

49.9    Sec. 77. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.03, is amended to read:
49.10208.03 NOMINATION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS AND
49.11ALTERNATES.
49.12Presidential electors and alternates for the major political parties of this state shall be
49.13nominated by delegate conventions called and held under the supervision of the respective
49.14state central committees of the parties of this state. At least 71 days before the general
49.15election day the chair of the major political party shall certify to the secretary of state
49.16the names of the persons nominated as presidential electors, the names of eight persons
49.17nominated as alternate presidential electors, and the names of the party candidates for
49.18president and vice president. The chair shall also certify that the party candidates for
49.19president and vice president have no affidavit on file as a candidate for any office in
49.20this state at the ensuing general election.

49.21    Sec. 78. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
49.22    Subdivision 1. Form of presidential ballots. When presidential electors and
49.23alternates are to be voted for, a vote cast for the party candidates for president and vice
49.24president shall be deemed a vote for that party's electors and alternates as filed with the
49.25secretary of state. The secretary of state shall certify the names of all duly nominated
49.26presidential and vice presidential candidates to the county auditors of the counties of
49.27the state. Each county auditor, subject to the rules of the secretary of state, shall cause
49.28the names of the candidates of each major political party and the candidates nominated
49.29by petition to be printed in capital letters, set in type of the same size and style as for
49.30candidates on the state white general election ballot, before the party designation. To the
49.31left of, and on the same line with the names of the candidates for president and vice
49.32president, near the margin, shall be placed a square or box, in which the voters may
49.33indicate their choice by marking an "X."
50.1The form for the presidential ballot and the relative position of the several candidates
50.2shall be determined by the rules applicable to other state officers. The state ballot, with
50.3the required heading, shall be printed on the same piece of paper and shall be below the
50.4presidential ballot with a blank space between one inch in width.

50.5    Sec. 79. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.04, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
50.6    Subd. 2. Applicable rules. The rules for preparation, state contribution to the cost
50.7of printing, and delivery of presidential ballots are the same as the rules for white state
50.8general election ballots under section 204D.11, subdivision 1.

50.9    Sec. 80. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 208.06, is amended to read:
50.10208.06 ELECTORS AND ALTERNATES TO MEET AT STATE CAPITOL;
50.11FILLING OF VACANCIES.
50.12The presidential electors and alternate presidential electors, before 12:00 M. noon
50.13on the day before that fixed by Congress for the electors to vote for president and vice
50.14president of the United States, shall notify the governor that they are at the State Capitol
50.15and ready at the proper time to fulfill their duties as electors. The governor shall deliver
50.16to the electors present a certificate of the names of all the electors. If any elector named
50.17therein fails to appear before 9:00 a.m. on the day, and at the place, fixed for voting for
50.18president and vice president of the United States, an alternate, chosen from among the
50.19alternates by lot, shall be appointed to act for that elector. If more than eight alternates are
50.20necessary, the electors present shall, in the presence of the governor, immediately elect
50.21by ballot a person to fill the vacancy. If more than the number of persons required have
50.22the highest and an equal number of votes, the governor, in the presence of the electors
50.23attending, shall decide by lot which of those persons shall be elected The electors shall
50.24meet at 12:00 p.m. in the executive chamber of the State Capitol and shall perform all the
50.25duties imposed upon them as electors by the Constitution and laws of the United States
50.26and this state in the manner provided in section 208.46.

50.27    Sec. 81. [208.40] SHORT TITLE.
50.28Sections 208.40 to 208.48 may be cited as the "Uniform Faithful Presidential
50.29Electors Act."

50.30    Sec. 82. [208.41] DEFINITIONS.
50.31(a) The definitions in this section apply to sections 208.40 to 208.48.
51.1(b) "Cast" means accepted by the secretary of state in accordance with section
51.2208.46, paragraph (b).
51.3(c) "Elector" means an individual selected as a presidential elector under this chapter.
51.4(d) "President" means the president of the United States.
51.5(e) "Unaffiliated presidential candidate" means a candidate for president who
51.6qualifies for the general election ballot in this state by means other than nomination by a
51.7political party.
51.8(f) "Vice president" means the vice president of the United States.

51.9    Sec. 83. [208.42] DESIGNATION OF STATE'S ELECTORS.
51.10For each elector position in this state, a political party contesting the position, or
51.11an unaffiliated presidential candidate, shall submit to the secretary of state the names of
51.12two qualified individuals. One of the individuals must be designated "elector nominee"
51.13and the other "alternate elector nominee."
51.14Except as otherwise provided in sections 208.44 to 208.47, this state's electors are
51.15the winning elector nominees under the laws of this state.

51.16    Sec. 84. [208.43] PLEDGE.
51.17Each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee of a political party shall execute
51.18the following pledge: "If selected for the position of elector, I agree to serve and to mark
51.19my ballots for president and vice president for the nominees for those offices of the party
51.20that nominated me." Each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee of an unaffiliated
51.21presidential candidate shall execute the following pledge: "If selected for the position
51.22of elector as a nominee of an unaffiliated presidential candidate, I agree to serve and
51.23to mark my ballots for that candidate and for that candidate's vice-presidential running
51.24mate." The executed pledges must accompany the submission of the corresponding names
51.25to the secretary of state.

51.26    Sec. 85. [208.44] CERTIFICATION OF ELECTORS.
51.27In submitting this state's certificate of ascertainment as required by United States
51.28Code, title 3, section 6, the governor shall certify this state's electors and state in the
51.29certificate that:
51.30(1) the electors will serve as electors unless a vacancy occurs in the office of elector
51.31before the end of the meeting at which elector votes are cast, in which case a substitute
51.32elector will fill the vacancy; and
52.1(2) if a substitute elector is appointed to fill a vacancy, the governor will submit an
52.2amended certificate of ascertainment stating the names on the final list of this state's
52.3electors.

52.4    Sec. 86. [208.45] PRESIDING OFFICER; ELECTOR VACANCY.
52.5(a) The secretary of state shall preside at the meeting of electors described in section
52.6208.06.
52.7(b) The position of an elector not present to vote is vacant. The secretary of state
52.8shall appoint an individual as a substitute elector to fill a vacancy as follows:
52.9(1) if the alternate elector is present to vote, by appointing the alternate elector
52.10for the vacant position;
52.11(2) if the alternate elector for the vacant position is not present to vote, by appointing
52.12an elector chosen by lot from among the alternate electors present to vote who were
52.13nominated by the same political party or unaffiliated presidential candidate;
52.14(3) if the number of alternate electors present to vote is insufficient to fill any
52.15vacant position pursuant to clauses (1) and (2), by appointing any immediately available
52.16individual who is qualified to serve as an elector and chosen through nomination by a
52.17plurality vote of the remaining electors, including nomination and vote by a single elector
52.18if only one remains;
52.19(4) if there is a tie between at least two nominees for substitute elector in a vote
52.20conducted under clause (3), by appointing an elector chosen by lot from among those
52.21nominees; or
52.22(5) if all elector positions are vacant and cannot be filled pursuant to clauses (1) to
52.23(4), by appointing a single presidential elector, with remaining vacant positions to be filled
52.24under clause (3) and, if necessary, clause (4).
52.25(c) To qualify as a substitute elector under paragraph (b), an individual who has not
52.26executed the pledge required under section 208.43 shall execute the following pledge: "I
52.27agree to serve and to mark my ballots for president and vice president consistent with the
52.28pledge of the individual to whose elector position I have succeeded."

52.29    Sec. 87. [208.46] ELECTOR VOTING.
52.30(a) At the time designated for elector voting in section 208.06, and after all vacant
52.31positions have been filled under section 208.45, the secretary of state shall provide each
52.32elector with a presidential and a vice-presidential ballot. The elector shall mark the
52.33elector's presidential and vice-presidential ballots with the elector's votes for the offices
53.1of president and vice president, respectively, along with the elector's signature and the
53.2elector's legibly printed name.
53.3(b) Except as otherwise provided by law of this state other than this chapter, each
53.4elector shall present both completed ballots to the secretary of state, who shall examine
53.5the ballots and accept as cast all ballots of electors whose votes are consistent with their
53.6pledges executed under section 208.43 or 208.45, paragraph (c). Except as otherwise
53.7provided by law of this state other than this chapter, the secretary of state may not accept
53.8and may not count either an elector's presidential or vice-presidential ballot if the elector
53.9has not marked both ballots or has marked a ballot in violation of the elector's pledge.
53.10(c) An elector who refuses to present a ballot, presents an unmarked ballot, or
53.11presents a ballot marked in violation of the elector's pledge executed under section 208.43
53.12or 208.45, paragraph (c), vacates the office of elector, creating a vacant position to be
53.13filled under section 208.45.
53.14(d) The secretary of state shall distribute ballots to and collect ballots from a
53.15substitute elector and repeat the process under this section of examining ballots, declaring
53.16and filling vacant positions as required, and recording appropriately completed ballots from
53.17the substituted electors, until all of this state's electoral votes have been cast and recorded.

53.18    Sec. 88. [208.47] ELECTOR REPLACEMENT; ASSOCIATED CERTIFICATES.
53.19(a) After the vote of this state's electors is completed, if the final list of electors
53.20differs from any list that the governor previously included on a certificate of ascertainment
53.21prepared and transmitted under United States Code, title 3, section 6, the secretary of state
53.22immediately shall prepare an amended certificate of ascertainment and transmit it to
53.23the governor for the governor's signature.
53.24(b) The governor immediately shall deliver the signed amended certificate of
53.25ascertainment to the secretary of state and a signed duplicate original of the amended
53.26certificate of ascertainment to all individuals entitled to receive this state's certificate of
53.27ascertainment, indicating that the amended certificate of ascertainment is to be substituted
53.28for the certificate of ascertainment previously submitted.
53.29(c) The secretary of state shall prepare a certificate of vote. The electors on the final
53.30list shall sign the certificate. The secretary of state shall process and transmit the signed
53.31certificate with the amended certificate of ascertainment under United States Code, title
53.323, sections 9, 10, and 11.

53.33    Sec. 89. [208.48] UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION.
54.1In applying and construing sections 208.40 to 208.48, consideration must be given
54.2to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to their subject matter among
54.3states that enact the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act or similar law.

54.4    Sec. 90. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 209.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
54.5    Subd. 2. Statewide office. For purposes of this chapter, "statewide office" means the
54.6office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, secretary of state,
54.7chief justice or associate justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals,
54.8United States senator, or presidential elector or alternate.

54.9    Sec. 91. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 211B.045, is amended to read:
54.10211B.045 NONCOMMERCIAL SIGNS EXEMPTION.
54.11In any municipality, whether or not the municipality has an ordinance that regulates
54.12the size or number of noncommercial signs, All noncommercial signs of any size may be
54.13posted in any number from beginning 46 days before the state primary in a state general
54.14election year until ten days following the state general election. Municipal ordinances
54.15may regulate the size and number of noncommercial signs at other times.

54.16    Sec. 92. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 211B.37, is amended to read:
54.17211B.37 COSTS ASSESSED.
54.18Except as otherwise provided in section 211B.36, subdivision 3, the chief
54.19 administrative law judge shall assess the cost of considering complaints filed under
54.20section 211B.32 as provided in this section. Costs of complaints relating to a statewide
54.21ballot question or an election for a statewide or legislative office must be assessed against
54.22the appropriation from the general fund to the general account of the state elections
54.23campaign fund in section 10A.31, subdivision 4. Costs of complaints relating to any
54.24other ballot question or elective office must be assessed against the county or counties in
54.25which the election is held. Where the election is held in more than one county, the chief
54.26administrative law judge shall apportion the assessment among the counties in proportion
54.27to their respective populations within the election district to which the complaint relates
54.28according to the most recent decennial federal census must be paid from the appropriations
54.29to the office for this purpose.

54.30    Sec. 93. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.416, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
54.31    Subd. 2. Ballot question. The form of the question of the referendum under this
54.32section must be on a separate ballot and must allow the voters to vote either "for license"
55.1or "against license." either "Shall the city issue ... intoxicating liquor licenses?" or "Shall
55.2the city discontinue issuing intoxicating liquor licenses?".

55.3    Sec. 94. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.416, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
55.4    Subd. 3. Effect of election results. If a majority of persons voting on the
55.5referendum question vote "against license," to discontinue issuing licenses, the city may
55.6not issue intoxicating liquor licenses until the results of the referendum have been reversed
55.7at a subsequent election where the question has been submitted as provided in this section.

55.8    Sec. 95. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.602, is amended to read:
55.9340A.602 CONTINUATION.
55.10In any city in which the report of the operations of a municipal liquor store has
55.11shown a net loss prior to interfund transfer in any two of three consecutive years, the
55.12city council shall, not more than 45 days prior to the end of the fiscal year following
55.13the three-year period, hold a public hearing on the question of whether the city shall
55.14continue to operate a municipal liquor store. Two weeks' notice, written in clear and easily
55.15understandable language, of the hearing must be printed in the city's official newspaper.
55.16Following the hearing the city council may on its own motion or shall upon petition of five
55.17percent or more of the registered voters of the city, submit to the voters at a general or
55.18special municipal election the question of whether the city shall continue or discontinue
55.19municipal liquor store operations by a date which the city council shall designate. The
55.20date designated by the city council must not be more than 30 months following the date
55.21of the election. The form of the question shall be: "Shall the city of (name) discontinue
55.22operating the municipal liquor store on (Month xx, 2xxx)?".

55.23    Sec. 96. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 375.20, is amended to read:
55.24375.20 BALLOT QUESTIONS.
55.25If the county board may do an act, incur a debt, appropriate money for a purpose,
55.26or exercise any other power or authority, only if authorized by a vote of the people, the
55.27question may be submitted at a special or general election, by a resolution specifying the
55.28matter or question to be voted upon. If the question is to authorize the appropriation of
55.29money, creation of a debt, or levy of a tax, it shall state the amount. Notice of the election
55.30shall be given as in the case of special elections. If the question submitted is adopted, the
55.31board shall pass an appropriate resolution to carry it into effect. In the election the form
55.32of the ballot shall be: "In favor of Shall (here state the substance of the resolution to be
55.33submitted)?, Yes ...... No......," with a square opposite each of the words "yes" and "no," in
56.1one of which the voter shall mark an "X" to indicate a choice. The county board may call
56.2a special county election upon a question to be held within 60 74 days after a resolution to
56.3that effect is adopted by the county board. Upon the adoption of the resolution the county
56.4auditor shall post and publish notices of the election, as required by section 204D.22,
56.5subdivisions 2 and 3. The election shall be conducted and the returns canvassed in the
56.6manner prescribed by sections 204D.20 to 204D.27, so far as practicable.

56.7    Sec. 97. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
56.8    Subd. 2. Elections. Except as provided in this chapter, the Minnesota Election Law
56.9applies to hospital district elections, as far as practicable. Regular elections must be held
56.10in each hospital district at the same time, in the same election precincts, and at the same
56.11polling places as general elections of state and county officers. It may establish the whole
56.12district as a single election precinct or establish two or more different election precincts and
56.13polling places for the elections. If there is more than one precinct, the boundaries of the
56.14election precincts and the locations of the polling places must be defined in the notice of
56.15election, either in full or by reference to a description or map on file in the office of the clerk.
56.16Special elections may be called by the hospital board to vote on any matter required
56.17by law to be submitted to the voters. A special election may not be conducted either
56.18during the 30 56 days before and the 30 days after the state or the 56 days after a regularly
56.19scheduled primary or state general election, or during the 20 days before and the 20 days
56.20after the regularly scheduled election of any municipality conducted wholly or partially
56.21within the hospital district. Special elections must be held within the election precinct or
56.22precincts and at the polling place or places designated by the board. In the case of the
56.23first election of officers of a new district, precincts and polling places must be set by the
56.24governing body of the most populous city or town included in the district.
56.25Advisory ballots may be submitted by the hospital board on any question it wishes,
56.26concerning the affairs of the district, but only at a regular election or at a special election
56.27required for another purpose.

56.28    Sec. 98. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
56.29    Subd. 3. Election notices. At least two weeks before the first day to file affidavits
56.30of candidacy, the clerk of the district shall publish a notice stating the first and last day
56.31on which affidavits of candidacy may be filed, the places for filing the affidavits and the
56.32closing time of the last day for filing. The clerk shall post a similar notice in at least one
56.33conspicuous place in each city and town in the district at least ten days before the first
56.34day to file affidavits of candidacy.
57.1At least 53 74 days prior to every hospital district election, the hospital district clerk
57.2shall provide a written notice to the county auditor of each county in which the hospital
57.3district is located. The notice must include the date of the election, the offices to be voted
57.4on at the election, and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at the
57.5election. At least 46 days before a hospital district election for which a notice is provided
57.6to the county auditor under this subdivision, The county auditor shall immediately provide
57.7a notice to the secretary of state in a manner and including information prescribed by
57.8the secretary of state.
57.9The notice of each election must be posted in at least one public and conspicuous
57.10place within each city and town included in the district at least ten days two weeks before
57.11the election. It must be published in the official newspaper of the district or, if a paper has
57.12not been designated, in a legal newspaper having general circulation within the district, at
57.13least two weeks before the election. Failure to give notice does not invalidate the election
57.14of an officer of the district. A voter may contest a hospital district election in accordance
57.15with chapter 209. Chapter 209 applies to hospital district elections.

57.16    Sec. 99. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 447.32, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
57.17    Subd. 4. Candidates; ballots; certifying election. A person who wants to be a
57.18candidate for the hospital board shall file an affidavit of candidacy for the election either as
57.19member at large or as a member representing the city or town where the candidate resides.
57.20The affidavit of candidacy must be filed with the city or town clerk not more than 91 98 days
57.21nor less than 77 84 days before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the
57.22year in which the general election is held. The city or town clerk must forward the affidavits
57.23of candidacy to the clerk of the hospital district or, for the first election, the clerk of the
57.24most populous city or town immediately after the last day of the filing period. A candidate
57.25may withdraw from the election by filing an affidavit of withdrawal with the clerk of the
57.26district no later than 5:00 p.m. two days after the last day to file affidavits of candidacy.
57.27The governing body of any hospital district may, by resolution, require that a
57.28candidate for hospital district office who wants write-in votes for the candidate to be
57.29counted file a written request with the filing officer for the office sought no later than the
57.30seventh day before the general election. The filing officer shall provide copies of the
57.31form to make the request.
57.32Voting must be by secret ballot. The clerk shall prepare, at the expense of the
57.33district, necessary ballots for the election of officers. Ballots must be printed on tan paper
57.34and prepared as provided in the rules of the secretary of state. The ballots must be marked
57.35and initialed by at least two judges as official ballots and used exclusively at the election.
58.1Any proposition to be voted on may be printed on the ballot provided for the election
58.2of officers. The hospital board may also authorize the use of voting systems subject to
58.3chapter 206. Enough election judges may be appointed to receive the votes at each
58.4polling place. The election judges shall act as clerks of election, count the ballots cast,
58.5and submit them to the board for canvass.
58.6After canvassing the election, the board shall issue a certificate of election to the
58.7candidate who received the largest number of votes cast for each office. The clerk shall
58.8deliver the certificate to the person entitled to it in person or by certified mail. Each person
58.9certified shall file an acceptance and oath of office in writing with the clerk within 30
58.10days after the date of delivery or mailing of the certificate. The board may fill any office
58.11as provided in subdivision 1 if the person elected fails to qualify within 30 days, but
58.12qualification is effective if made before the board acts to fill the vacancy.

58.13    Sec. 100. Laws 1963, chapter 276, section 2, subdivision 2, as amended by Laws 1992,
58.14chapter 534, section 1, is amended to read:
58.15    Subd. 2. One third of the members of the first hospital board shall be appointed for a
58.16term to expire one year from December 31 next following such appointment, one third
58.17for a term to expire two years from such date, and one third for a term to expire three
58.18years from such date. Successors to the original board members shall each be elected for
58.19terms of three years, and all members shall hold office until their successors are elected
58.20and qualify. Terms of all members shall expire on December 31. In case of a vacancy
58.21on the hospital board, whether due to death, removal from the district, inability to serve,
58.22resignation, or other cause the majority of the remaining members of the hospital board,
58.23at its next regular or special meeting, shall make an appointment to fill such vacancy for
58.24the then unexpired term. The election of successors to the original board members shall
58.25be elected by popular vote of the qualified voters in the hospital district. Hospital board
58.26elections shall be conducted as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 447.32. The
58.27hospital board shall, by resolution, adopt a plan for the orderly transition to the new
58.28election schedule. The resolution must be approved no later than four weeks before the
58.29first day to file affidavits of candidacy for the general election. The terms of hospital board
58.30members may be lengthened or shortened by one year as a part of the transition process.

58.31    Sec. 101. REPEALER.
58.32Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 204B.42; 204D.11, subdivisions 2 and 3; 205.17,
58.33subdivisions 2 and 4; 205A.08, subdivision 4; 208.07; and 208.08, are repealed.

59.1ARTICLE 6
59.2LOSS AND RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS

59.3    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.851, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
59.4    Subd. 10. Felony sentence offender data; voter registration. The use and
59.5classification of felony sentence offender data made available to the secretary of state
59.6is governed by section 201.157.

59.7    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.054, is amended by adding a subdivision
59.8to read:
59.9    Subd. 1a. Invalid registrations; notice to voter. If the county auditor has reason
59.10to believe based upon records provided by another public entity that an individual who
59.11has submitted a voter registration application is not eligible to vote, the county auditor
59.12must notify the individual of the reason that the individual's eligibility is in question
59.13and that the individual will not be registered to vote unless the individual reaffirms the
59.14individual's eligibility in writing.

59.15    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.054, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
59.16    Subd. 2. Prohibitions; penalty; affirmative defense. (a) No individual shall
59.17intentionally:
59.18(a) (1) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered in any
59.19precinct if the individual is not eligible to vote;
59.20(b) (2) cause or attempt to cause the individual's name to be registered for the
59.21purpose of voting in more than one precinct;
59.22(c) (3) misrepresent the individual's identity when attempting to register to vote; or
59.23(d) (4) aid, abet, counsel, or procure any other individual to violate this subdivision.
59.24A violation of this subdivision is a felony.
59.25An individual who violates clause (1) but does not subsequently cast a ballot is guilty of a
59.26misdemeanor. An individual who violates clause (1) and subsequently casts a ballot is
59.27guilty of a felony. All other violations of this subdivision are a felony.
59.28(b) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for violation of paragraph (a), clause
59.29(1), if the individual:
59.30(1) requested, in writing, that the county auditor of the county where the individual
59.31resides withdraw the registration, and the request was made before any complaint was
59.32filed alleging a violation of paragraph (a), clause (1); and
60.1(2) did not vote at an election between the time the registration application was
60.2submitted and the time the individual requested the registration be withdrawn.

60.3    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.157, is amended to read:
60.4201.157 USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS DATA.
60.5    Subdivision 1. Access to data. (a) As required by the Help America Vote Act of
60.62002, Public Law 107-252, The commissioner of corrections shall make electronic data
60.7available to the secretary of state on individuals 18 years of age or older who are currently:
60.8(1) serving felony sentences under the commissioner's jurisdiction; or
60.9(2) on probation for felony offenses that would result in the loss of civil rights, as
60.10indicated by the statewide supervision system established under section 241.065.
60.11The data must include the name, date of birth, last known residential address that is
60.12not a correctional facility, and, if available, corrections' state identification number, and if
60.13available, and the driver's license or state identification card number, and, if an individual
60.14has completed the sentence, the date of discharge.
60.15(b) The secretary of state must determine if any data newly indicates that:
60.16(1) an individual with an active voter registration in the statewide voter registration
60.17system is currently serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction or is on
60.18probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil rights and the individual's
60.19voter record does not already have a challenged status due to a felony conviction;
60.20(2) an individual with an active voter registration in the statewide voter registration
60.21system who is currently serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction or
60.22who is on probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil rights appears
60.23to have registered to vote or to have voted during a period when the individual's civil
60.24rights were revoked; and
60.25(3) an individual with a voter record that has a challenged status due to a felony
60.26conviction who was serving a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction
60.27 or who has been on probation for a felony offense that would result in the loss of civil
60.28rights has been discharged from a sentence.
60.29The secretary of state shall prepare a list of the registrants included under clause (1),
60.30(2), or (3) for each county auditor. For individuals under clause (1), the county auditor
60.31shall challenge the individual's record in the statewide voter registration system. The
60.32county auditor must provide information to the county attorney about individuals under
60.33clause (2) for the county attorney's investigation. For individuals under clause (3), the
60.34county auditor must determine if the challenge status should be removed from the voter
60.35record for the individual, and if so, must remove the challenge.
61.1The secretary of state must make the required determinations and provide the
61.2required lists to the county auditors at least monthly.
61.3For each state general election that occurs prior to the statewide voter registration
61.4system being programmed to generate lists as required by this section, the secretary of
61.5state must make the determination and provide lists to the county auditors between 30 and
61.660 days before the election and again between six and ten weeks after the election. In the
61.7year following that state election, the secretary of state must make this determination and
61.8provide lists to the county auditors again as part of the annual list maintenance.
61.9    Subd. 2. Notice to affected individuals. (a) Between 60 and 65 days prior to a state
61.10general election, the Department of Corrections shall provide to the secretary of state a list
61.11of offenders, who, at the time the list is prepared, are on supervised release or probation for
61.12a felony offense that resulted in the loss of civil rights. The list shall also include former
61.13offenders who the data indicates were discharged from all felony-level sentences since the
61.14previous list was provided in accordance with this subdivision and who are not serving a
61.15felony-level sentence at the time the list is prepared. The data must include the offender's
61.16name; date of birth; last known residential address that is not a correctional facility; if
61.17available, corrections state identification number and driver's license or state identification
61.18card number; and if an offender has completed the sentence, the date the discharge occurred.
61.19(b) The secretary of state shall use the data provided in paragraph (a) to mail written
61.20notices at least one month prior to a state general election, as follows:
61.21(1) a notice to each individual on probation for a felony offense that would result
61.22in the loss of civil rights, informing the individual that registration or voting while on
61.23probation for the offense is itself a felony offense and may result in the loss of the
61.24individual's probation status; and
61.25(2) a notice to each individual who has completed a term of probation resulting in
61.26the loss of civil rights and who has no new felony conviction, that the individual's right
61.27to vote has been restored.
61.28    Subd. 3. Data. Data on offenders submitted to the secretary of state under this
61.29section are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12, and
61.30may be used or disseminated only for purposes authorized by this section.

61.31    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 201.275, is amended to read:
61.32201.275 INVESTIGATIONS; PROSECUTIONS.
61.33A county attorney who law enforcement agency that is notified by affidavit of an
61.34alleged violation of this chapter shall promptly investigate. If there is probable cause for
61.35instituting a prosecution, the county attorney shall proceed by complaint or present the
62.1charge, with whatever evidence has been found, to the grand jury. A county attorney
62.2who refuses or intentionally fails to faithfully perform this or any other duty imposed by
62.3this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall forfeit office. The
62.4county attorney, under the penalty of forfeiture of office, shall prosecute all violations of
62.5this chapter except violations of this section; if, however, a complainant withdraws an
62.6allegation under this chapter, the county attorney is not required to proceed with the
62.7prosecution in accordance with the second edition of the National Prosecution Standards
62.8published by the National District Attorneys Association.

62.9    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 203B.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
62.10    Subd. 3. Delivery of ballots. (a) The commissioner of corrections must provide the
62.11secretary of state with a list of the names and mailing addresses of state adult correctional
62.12facilities. An application for an absentee ballot that provides an address included on the list
62.13provided by the commissioner of corrections must not be accepted and an absentee ballot
62.14must not be provided to the applicant. The county auditor or municipal clerk must promptly
62.15transmit a copy of the application to the county attorney. The Department of Corrections
62.16must implement procedures to ensure that absentee ballots issued under chapter 203B are
62.17not received or mailed by offenders incarcerated at state adult correctional facilities.
62.18(b) If an application for absentee ballots is accepted at a time when absentee ballots
62.19are not yet available for distribution, the county auditor, or municipal clerk accepting the
62.20application shall file it and as soon as absentee ballots are available for distribution shall
62.21mail them to the address specified in the application. If an application for absentee ballots
62.22is accepted when absentee ballots are available for distribution, the county auditor or
62.23municipal clerk accepting the application shall promptly:
62.24    (1) mail the ballots to the voter whose signature appears on the application if the
62.25application is submitted by mail and does not request commercial shipping under clause (2);
62.26    (2) ship the ballots to the voter using a commercial shipper requested by the voter at
62.27the voter's expense;
62.28    (3) deliver the absentee ballots directly to the voter if the application is submitted in
62.29person; or
62.30    (4) deliver the absentee ballots in a sealed transmittal envelope to an agent who has
62.31been designated to bring the ballots, as provided in section 203B.11, subdivision 4, to a
62.32voter who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health
62.33reasons, or who is disabled, or who is a patient in a health care facility, a resident of
62.34a facility providing assisted living services governed by chapter 144G, a participant in
63.1a residential program for adults licensed under section 245A.02, subdivision 14, or a
63.2resident of a shelter for battered women as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4.
63.3    (b) (c) If an application does not indicate the election for which absentee ballots are
63.4sought, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall mail or deliver only the ballots for
63.5the next election occurring after receipt of the application. Only one set of ballots may
63.6be mailed, shipped, or delivered to an applicant for any election, except as provided in
63.7section 203B.121, subdivision 2, or when a replacement ballot has been requested by the
63.8voter for a ballot that has been spoiled or lost in transit.
63.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective June 15, 2013.

63.10    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204C.14, is amended to read:
63.11204C.14 UNLAWFUL VOTING; PENALTY.
63.12    Subdivision 1. Violations; penalty. No individual shall intentionally:
63.13(a) misrepresent the individual's identity in applying for a ballot, depositing a ballot in
63.14a ballot box or attempting to vote by means of a voting machine or electronic voting system;
63.15(b) vote more than once at the same election;
63.16(c) put a ballot in a ballot box for any illegal purpose;
63.17(d) give more than one ballot of the same kind and color to an election judge to
63.18be placed in a ballot box;
63.19(e) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to go into any precinct for the purpose
63.20of voting in that precinct, knowing that the other individual is not eligible to vote in
63.21that precinct; or
63.22(f) aid, abet, counsel or procure another to do any act in violation of this section.
63.23A violation of this section is a felony.
63.24    Subd. 2. Signature on roster as evidence of intent. For purposes of proving a
63.25violation of this section, the signature of an individual on a polling place roster is prima
63.26facie evidence of the intent of the individual to vote at that election.

63.27    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 241.065, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
63.28    Subd. 2. Establishment. The Department of Corrections shall administer and
63.29maintain a computerized data system for the purpose of assisting criminal justice agencies
63.30in monitoring and enforcing the conditions of conditional release imposed on criminal
63.31offenders by a sentencing court or the commissioner of corrections. The adult data and
63.32juvenile data as defined in section 260B.171 in the statewide supervision system are
63.33private data as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12, but are accessible to criminal
64.1justice agencies as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 3a, to the Minnesota sex offender
64.2program as provided in section 246B.04, subdivision 3, to public defenders as provided in
64.3section 611.272, to all trial courts and appellate courts, and to criminal justice agencies in
64.4other states in the conduct of their official duties. Adult data in the statewide supervision
64.5system are accessible to the secretary of state for the purposes described in section 201.157.

64.6    Sec. 9. [244.25] NOTICE OF LOSS OF VOTING RIGHTS.
64.7Whenever an adult felon is placed on probation supervision, the individual must be
64.8provided a written notice, included in the probation agreement, that the individual may not
64.9register to vote or cast a ballot in any election during the period of felony supervision. The
64.10individual must acknowledge, by signature, receipt of the notice. A copy of the notice and
64.11signature must be placed in the felon's probation supervision file.

64.12ARTICLE 7
64.13JUNE PRIMARY

64.14    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
64.15    Subd. 2. Separate precincts; combined polling place. (a) The following shall
64.16constitute at least one election precinct:
64.17(1) each city ward; and
64.18(2) each town and each statutory city.
64.19(b) A single, accessible, combined polling place may be established no later than
64.20May March 1 of any year:
64.21(1) for any city of the third or fourth class, any town, or any city having territory in
64.22more than one county, in which all the voters of the city or town shall cast their ballots;
64.23(2) for contiguous precincts in the same municipality;
64.24(3) for up to four contiguous municipalities located entirely outside the metropolitan
64.25area, as defined by section 200.02, subdivision 24, that are contained in the same county; or
64.26(4) for noncontiguous precincts located in one or more counties.
64.27A copy of the ordinance or resolution establishing a combined polling place must
64.28be filed with the county auditor within 30 days after approval by the governing body. A
64.29polling place combined under clause (3) must be approved by the governing body of each
64.30participating municipality. A polling place combined under clause (4) must be approved
64.31by the governing body of each participating municipality and the secretary of state and
64.32may be located outside any of the noncontiguous precincts. A municipality withdrawing
64.33from participation in a combined polling place must do so by filing a resolution of
64.34withdrawal with the county auditor no later than April February 1 of any year.
65.1The secretary of state shall provide a separate polling place roster for each precinct
65.2served by the combined polling place. A single set of election judges may be appointed
65.3to serve at a combined polling place. The number of election judges required must be
65.4based on the total number of persons voting at the last similar election in all precincts to
65.5be voting at the combined polling place. Separate ballot boxes must be provided for the
65.6ballots from each precinct. The results of the election must be reported separately for each
65.7precinct served by the combined polling place, except in a polling place established under
65.8clause (2) where one of the precincts has fewer than ten registered voters, in which case the
65.9results of that precinct must be reported in the manner specified by the secretary of state.

65.10    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.14, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
65.11    Subd. 4. Boundary change procedure. Any change in the boundary of an election
65.12precinct must be adopted at least ten weeks before the date of the next election and, for the
65.13state primary and general election, no later than June April 1 in the year of the state general
65.14election. The precinct boundary change shall not take effect until notice of the change has
65.15been posted in the office of the municipal clerk or county auditor for at least 56 days.
65.16The county auditor must publish a notice illustrating or describing the congressional,
65.17legislative, and county commissioner district boundaries in the county in one or more
65.18qualified newspapers in the county at least 14 days before the first day to file affidavits of
65.19candidacy for the state general election in the year ending in two.
65.20Alternate dates for adopting changes in precinct boundaries, posting notices
65.21of boundary changes, and notifying voters affected by boundary changes pursuant
65.22to this subdivision, and procedures for coordinating precinct boundary changes with
65.23reestablishing local government election district boundaries may be established in the
65.24manner provided in the rules of the secretary of state.

65.25    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
65.26    Subdivision 1. Appointment lists; duties of political parties and secretary of
65.27state. On May March 1 in a year in which there is an election for a partisan political
65.28office, each major political party shall prepare a list of eligible voters to act as election
65.29judges in each election precinct. The political parties shall furnish the lists electronically
65.30to the secretary of state, in a format specified by the secretary of state. The secretary of
65.31state must combine the data received from each political party under this subdivision
65.32and must process the data to locate the precinct in which the address provided for each
65.33potential election judge is located. If the data submitted by a political party is insufficient
65.34for the secretary of state to locate the proper precinct, the associated name must not appear
66.1in any list forwarded to an appointing authority under this subdivision. The secretary of
66.2state shall notify political parties of any proposed election judges with addresses that
66.3could not be located in a precinct.
66.4    By May March 15, the secretary of state shall furnish electronically to the county
66.5auditor a list of the appropriate names for each election precinct in the jurisdiction of
66.6the appointing authority, noting the political party affiliation of each individual on the
66.7list. The county auditor must promptly forward the appropriate names to the appropriate
66.8municipal clerk.

66.9    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
66.10    Subdivision 1. State primary. The state primary shall be held on the second first
66.11 Tuesday after the third Monday in August June in each even-numbered year to select
66.12the nominees of the major political parties for partisan offices and the nominees for
66.13nonpartisan offices to be filled at the state general election, other than presidential electors.

66.14    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
66.15    Subdivision 1. Example ballot. (a) No later than May March 1 of each year, the
66.16secretary of state shall supply each auditor with a copy of an example ballot. The example
66.17ballot must illustrate the format required for the ballots used in the primary and general
66.18elections that year.
66.19(b) The county auditor shall distribute copies of the example ballot to municipal and
66.20school district clerks in municipalities and school districts holding elections that year. The
66.21official ballot must conform in all respects to the example ballot.

66.22    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204D.28, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
66.23    Subd. 5. Regular state primary. "Regular state primary" means:
66.24(a) the state primary at which candidates are nominated for offices elected at the
66.25state general election; or
66.26(b) a primary held on the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June
66.27 of odd-numbered years.

66.28    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.065, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
66.29    Subdivision 1. Establishing primary. A municipal primary for the purpose of
66.30nominating elective officers may be held in any city on the second first Tuesday after the
66.31third Monday in August June of any year in which a municipal general election is to
66.32be held for the purpose of electing officers. The date of a municipal primary held in
67.1an odd-numbered year may be postponed for inclement weather as provided in section
67.2205.105 .

67.3    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205.065, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
67.4    Subd. 2. Resolution or ordinance. The governing body of a city may, by ordinance
67.5or resolution adopted by April January 15 in the year when a municipal general election
67.6is held, elect to choose nominees for municipal offices by a primary as provided in this
67.7section. The resolution or ordinance, when adopted, is effective for all ensuing municipal
67.8elections until it is revoked. The municipal clerk shall notify the secretary of state and the
67.9county auditor within 30 days after the adoption of the resolution or ordinance.

67.10    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
67.11    Subdivision 1. Resolution requiring primary in certain circumstances. The
67.12school board of a school district may, by resolution adopted by April January 15 of any
67.13year, decide to choose nominees for school board by a primary as provided in this section.
67.14The resolution, when adopted, is effective for all ensuing elections of board members in
67.15that school district until it is revoked. If the board decides to choose nominees by primary
67.16and if there are more than two candidates for a specified school board position or more
67.17than twice as many school board candidates as there are at-large school board positions
67.18available, the school district must hold a primary.

67.19    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
67.20    Subd. 2. Date. The school district primary must be held on the second first Tuesday
67.21 after the third Monday in August June in the year when the school district general election
67.22is held. The clerk shall give notice of the primary in the manner provided in section
67.23205A.07 . The date of a school district primary held in an odd-numbered year may be
67.24postponed for inclement weather as provided in section 205A.055.

67.25    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.06, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
67.26    Subd. 1a. Filing period. In school districts that have adopted a resolution to choose
67.27nominees for school board by a primary election, affidavits of candidacy must be filed
67.28with the school district clerk no earlier than the 84th day and no later than the 70th day
67.29before the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June in the year when the
67.30school district general election is held. In all other school districts, affidavits of candidacy
67.31must be filed no earlier than the 98th day and no later than the 84th day before the school
67.32district general election.

68.1    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 205A.11, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:
68.2    Subd. 2a. Notice of special elections. The school district clerk shall prepare a
68.3notice to the voters who will be voting in a combined polling place for a school district
68.4special election. The notice must include the following information: the date of the
68.5election, the hours of voting, and the location of the voter's polling place. The notice must
68.6be sent by nonforwardable mail to every affected household in the school district with
68.7at least one registered voter. The notice must be mailed no later than 14 days before
68.8the election. The mailed notice is not required for a school district special election that
68.9is held on the second first Tuesday after the third Monday in August June, the Tuesday
68.10following the first Monday in November, or for a special election conducted entirely by
68.11mail. In addition, the mailed notice is not required for voters residing in a township if
68.12the school district special election is held on the second Tuesday in March and the town
68.13general election is held on that day. A notice that is returned as undeliverable must be
68.14forwarded immediately to the county auditor.

68.15    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.61, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
68.16    Subd. 5. Alternation. The provisions of the election laws requiring the alternation
68.17of names of candidates must be observed as far as practicable by changing the order of the
68.18names on an electronic voting system in the various precincts so that each name appears
68.19on the machines or marking devices used in a municipality substantially an equal number
68.20of times in the first, last, and in each intermediate place in the list or group in which
68.21they belong. However, the arrangement of candidates' names must be the same on all
68.22voting systems used in the same precinct. If the number of names to be alternated exceeds
68.23the number of precincts, the election official responsible for providing the ballots, in
68.24accordance with subdivision 1, shall determine by lot the alternation of names.
68.25If an electronic ballot marker is used with a paper ballot that is not an optical scan
68.26ballot card, the manner of alternation of candidate names on the paper ballot must be as
68.27prescribed for optical scan ballots in this subdivision.
68.28The rules adopted by the secretary of state for the rotation of candidate names must
68.29use the number of registered voters in each precinct as of 8:00 a.m. on May March 1 of
68.30the year when the rotation will be made as the basis for determining the rotation of names.

68.31    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 206.82, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
68.32    Subd. 2. Plan. The municipal clerk in a municipality where an electronic voting
68.33system is used and the county auditor of a county in which an electronic voting system
68.34is used in more than one municipality and the county auditor of a county in which a
69.1counting center serving more than one municipality is located shall prepare a plan which
69.2indicates acquisition of sufficient facilities, computer time, and professional services
69.3and which describes the proposed manner of complying with section 206.80. The plan
69.4must be signed, notarized, and submitted to the secretary of state more than 60 days
69.5before the first election at which the municipality uses an electronic voting system. Before
69.6May March 1 of each subsequent general election year, the clerk or auditor shall submit
69.7to the secretary of state notification of any changes to the plan on file with the secretary
69.8of state. The secretary of state shall review each plan for its sufficiency and may request
69.9technical assistance from the Office of Enterprise Technology or other agency which may
69.10be operating as the central computer authority. The secretary of state shall notify each
69.11reporting authority of the sufficiency or insufficiency of its plan within 20 days of receipt
69.12of the plan. The attorney general, upon request of the secretary of state, may seek a district
69.13court order requiring an election official to fulfill duties imposed by this subdivision or by
69.14rules promulgated pursuant to this section.

69.15    Sec. 15. EFFECTIVE DATE.
69.16This article is effective January 1, 2016, and apply to elections conducted on or
69.17after that date.

69.18ARTICLE 8
69.19ELECTRONIC ROSTERS

69.20    Section 1. ELECTRONIC ROSTER PILOT PROJECT.
69.21    Subdivision 1. Established. A pilot project is established to explore the use of
69.22electronic rosters in conducting elections. Jurisdictions participating in the project may
69.23use electronic rosters to process election day registration, to verify the registration status
69.24of preregistered voters, or both. The pilot project shall apply to general elections for home
69.25rule charter or statutory cities conducted in participating cities in 2013. The standards for
69.26conducting the pilot project are provided in this section.
69.27    Subd. 2. Participating cities. Precincts located in Dilworth, Minnetonka,
69.28Moorhead, Saint Anthony, and Saint Paul may participate in the project. In participating
69.29cities, the head elections official may designate individual precincts in the jurisdiction to
69.30participate. A city is not required to use electronic rosters in all precincts.
69.31    Subd. 3. Technology requirements. (a) In participating precincts, an electronic
69.32poll book must:
69.33(1) be able to be loaded with a data file that includes voter registration data in a file
69.34format prescribed by the secretary of state;
70.1(2) allow for data to be exported in a file format prescribed by the secretary of state;
70.2(3) allow for data to be entered manually or by scanning a Minnesota driver's license
70.3or identification card to populate a voter registration application that would be printed
70.4and signed and dated by the voter;
70.5(4) provide for a printed voter's signature certificate, containing the voter's name,
70.6address of residence, date of birth, voter identification number, the oath required by
70.7Minnesota Statutes, section 204C.10, and a space for the voter's original signature;
70.8(5) immediately alert the election judge if the electronic poll book indicates that a
70.9voter has already voted, the voter's registration status is challenged, or it appears the
70.10voter resides in a different precinct;
70.11(6) provide immediate instructions on how to resolve a particular type of challenge
70.12when a voter's record is challenged; and
70.13(7) perform any other functions necessary for the efficient and secure administration
70.14of participating election, as determined by the secretary of state.
70.15(b) In precincts using electronic rosters only for election day registration, the
70.16technology does not need to comply with paragraph (a), clause (4), (5), or (6).
70.17    Subd. 4. Minnesota election law; other law. Except as provided in this section, the
70.18provisions of the Minnesota Election Law apply to this pilot project, so far as practicable.
70.19Voters participating in the safe at home program must be allowed to vote pursuant to
70.20Minnesota Statutes, section 5B.06. Nothing in this section shall be construed to amend
70.21absentee voting provisions in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 203B.
70.22    Subd. 5. Election records retention. All voter's signature certificates and voter
70.23registration applications printed from an electronic poll book shall be retained pursuant to
70.24Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.40. Data on election day registrants must be uploaded to
70.25the statewide voter registration system for processing by county auditors.
70.26    Subd. 6. Election day. Participating precincts may use electronic rosters for
70.27election day registration, to verify registration status of preregistered voters, or both. In
70.28precincts using electronic rosters to verify registration status of preregistered voters, the
70.29election judges shall also use a paper roster.
70.30    Subd. 7. Evaluation. The secretary of state must evaluate the pilot project and must
70.31report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over elections by January 31, 2014,
70.32on the results of the evaluation. The report must include:
70.33(1) a description of the technology that was used and explanation of how that
70.34technology was selected;
70.35(2) the process used for implementing electronic poll books;
71.1(3) a description of training that was conducted for election judges and other election
71.2officials in precincts that used electronic poll books;
71.3(4) the number of voters who voted in each precinct using electronic poll books;
71.4(5) comments, feedback, or recommendations from election judges and others in a
71.5precinct using electronic poll books;
71.6(6) the costs associated with the use of electronic poll books, broken down by precinct;
71.7(7) comments, feedback, or recommendations from the participating cities and
71.8counties regarding data transfers and other exchanges of information; and
71.9(8) any other feedback or recommendations the secretary of state believes are
71.10relevant to evaluating the pilot project.
71.11    Subd. 8. Expiration. The authorization for this pilot project expires upon
71.12submission of the report as provided in subdivision 7.

71.13    Sec. 2. ELECTRONIC ROSTER TASK FORCE.
71.14    Subdivision 1. Membership. (a) The Electronic Roster Task Force consists of the
71.15following 15 members:
71.16(1) the director of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Vehicle Services, or
71.17designee;
71.18(2) the secretary of state, or designee;
71.19(3) an individual designated by the secretary of state, from the elections division in
71.20the Office of the Secretary of State;
71.21(4) the chief information officer of the state of Minnesota, or designee;
71.22(5) one county auditor appointed by the Minnesota Association of County Officers;
71.23(6) one town election official appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships;
71.24(7) one city election official appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities;
71.25(8) one school district election official appointed by the Minnesota School Boards
71.26Association;
71.27(9) one representative appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
71.28(10) one representative appointed by the minority leader of the house of
71.29representatives;
71.30(11) one senator appointed by the senate Subcommittee on the Committee of the
71.31Committee on Rules and Administration;
71.32(12) one senator appointed by the senate minority leader;
71.33(13) one person appointed by the governor, familiar with electronic roster technology
71.34but who does not represent a specific vendor of the technology; and
71.35(14) two election judges appointed by the governor.
72.1(b) Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the appointing authority for the
72.2vacating member.
72.3(c) Members shall be appointed by June 1, 2013.
72.4    Subd. 2. Conflict of interest. No member of the task force may have a financial
72.5interest in a manufacturer or distributor of electronic roster technology.
72.6    Subd. 3. Duties. The task force must research the following issues:
72.7(1) electronic roster technology, including different types of electronic rosters;
72.8(2) the ability to use photographs received from the Department of Vehicle Services;
72.9(3) the ability to add photographs to the roster on election day;
72.10(4) data security in electronic rosters, the statewide voter registration system, and the
72.11Department of Vehicle Services;
72.12(5) reliability of Department of Vehicle Services data, including the ability to match
72.13names and photographs without duplication;
72.14(6) ability of precincts across the state to connect an electronic roster to a secure
72.15network to access the statewide voter registration system; and
72.16(7) direct and indirect costs associated with using electronic rosters.
72.17    Subd. 4. First meeting. The secretary of state, or the secretary's designee, must
72.18convene the initial meeting of the task force by July 1, 2013. The members of the task force
72.19must elect a chair and a vice-chair from the members of the task force at the first meeting.
72.20    Subd. 5. Compensation. Public members of the task force shall be compensated
72.21pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3.
72.22    Subd. 6. Staff. The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide staff
72.23support, as needed, to facilitate the task force's work.
72.24    Subd. 7. Report. The task force must submit a report by January 31, 2014, to
72.25the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the senate and house of
72.26representatives with primary jurisdiction over elections, summarizing its findings and
72.27listing recommendations on the implementation of electronic rosters statewide. The report
72.28shall include draft legislation to implement the recommendations of the task force.
72.29    Subd. 8. Sunset. The task force shall sunset the day following submission of the
72.30report under subdivision 7, or January 31, 2014, whichever is earlier.

72.31    Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
72.32This article is effective the day following final enactment.

73.1ARTICLE 9
73.2APPROPRIATION

73.3
Section 1. APPROPRIATIONS.
73.4The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
73.5agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
73.6general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated
73.7for each purpose. The figures "2014" and "2015" used in this article mean that the
73.8appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or
73.9June 30, 2015, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2014. "The second year" is fiscal
73.10year 2015. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
73.11
APPROPRIATIONS
73.12
Available for the Year
73.13
Ending June 30
73.14
2014
2015

73.15
73.16
Sec. 2. LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING
COMMISSION
$
21,000
$
-0-
73.17$21,000 the first year is for the purposes of
73.18the Electronic Roster Task Force established
73.19in article 8, section 2.

73.20
Sec. 3. SECRETARY OF STATE
$
433,000
$
135,000
73.21$130,000 the first year is for early voting
73.22modifications to the statewide voter
73.23registration system in article 2. The base is
73.24$26,000 in fiscal year 2016.
73.25$46,000 the first year is for computer
73.26programming costs for absentee voting in
73.27article 3. The base for fiscal year 2016 is
73.28$9,000.
73.29$20,000 the first year is for inclusion of vital
73.30records death reports from other states in the
73.31statewide voter registration system in article
73.325.
74.1$75,000 the first year to develop functionality
74.2within the statewide voter registration system
74.3to facilitate the processing and tracking of
74.4mail ballots submitted under Minnesota
74.5Statutes, sections 204B.45 and 204B.46.
74.6$95,000 the first year and $95,000 the second
74.7year is for entering into an interagency
74.8agreement with the commissioner of
74.9corrections for data programming costs
74.10related to the loss and restoration of voting
74.11rights in article 6.
74.12$40,000 in the second year is for notifying
74.13individuals currently on, or exiting, probation
74.14before the general election as to whether their
74.15right to vote has been restored as provided
74.16in article 6. The base for fiscal year 2016 is
74.17$40,000 and available for the biennium.
74.18$67,000 the first year is for implementing
74.19the electronic roster pilot program in article
74.208, section 1.

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