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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 126--H.F.No. 673
           An act relating to elections; changing eligibility 
          requirements and compensation for election judges; 
          permitting time off from work for election judges; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1982, sections 204B.19, 
          subdivision 2; and 204B.31; proposing new law coded in 
          Minnesota Statutes, chapter 204B. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 204B.19, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [INDIVIDUALS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE ELECTION 
JUDGES.] No individual shall be appointed as an election judge 
for any precinct if that individual:  
    (a) Is unable to read, write or speak the English language; 
    (b) Is the spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election 
judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate at that 
election or of any member of the governing body of the 
municipality or county which established the precinct; or 
    (c) Is a candidate at that election; or 
    (d) Is receiving compensation as an employee or officer of 
the United States, the state or any municipality or county in 
the state.  
    Sec. 2.  [204B.195] [TIME OFF FROM WORK TO SERVE AS 
ELECTION JUDGE.] 
     An individual who is selected to serve as an election judge 
pursuant to section 204B.21, subdivision 2 may, after giving his 
employer at least ten days written notice, absent himself from 
his place of work for the purpose of serving as an election 
judge.  An employer may not penalize an employee for that 
absence other than a deduction in salary for the time he 
absented himself from his place of employment.  
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 204B.31, is 
amended to read: 
    204B.31 [COMPENSATION FOR ELECTION SERVICES.] 
    The compensation for services performed under the Minnesota 
election law shall be as follows: 
    (a) To presidential electors from funds appropriated to the 
secretary of state for this purpose, $35 for each day of 
attendance at the capitol and mileage for travel to and from the 
capitol in the amount allowed for state employees in accordance 
with rules adopted pursuant to section 471.665, subdivision 1 
43A.18, subdivision 2; 
    (b) To individuals, other than county, city, or town 
employees during their normal work day, who are appointed by the 
county auditor to carry ballots to or from the county auditor's 
office, a sum not less than the prevailing Minnesota minimum 
wage for each hour spent in carrying ballots and mileage in the 
amount allowed for state employees in accordance with rules 
adopted pursuant to section 471.665, subdivision 1; 
    (c) To members of county canvassing boards, a sum not less 
than the prevailing Minnesota minimum wage for each hour 
necessarily spent and an amount for each mile of necessary 
travel equal to the amount allowed for state employees pursuant 
to section 471.665, subdivision 1; 
    (d) To election judges serving in any city, an amount fixed 
by the governing body of the city, to election judges serving in 
unorganized territory, an amount fixed by the county board, and 
to election judges serving in towns, an amount fixed by the town 
board.  Election judges shall receive at least the prevailing 
Minnesota minimum wage for each hour spent carrying out their 
duties at the polling places and in attending training sessions 
required by section 204B.25.  An election judge who travels to 
pick up election supplies or to deliver election returns to the 
county auditor shall receive, in addition to other compensation 
authorized by this section, a sum not less than the prevailing 
Minnesota minimum wage for each hour spent performing these 
duties, plus mileage in the same amount as allowed for state 
employees pursuant to section 471.665, subdivision 1; and 
    (e) To sergeants at arms, an amount for each hour of 
service performed at the direction of the election judges, fixed 
in the same manner as compensation for election judges. 
    Approved May 10, 1983