language to be deleted (2) new language
CHAPTER 113-S.F.No. 370 An act relating to elections; increasing news media access to polling places; amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 204C.06, subdivision 8. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 204C.06, subdivision 8, is amended to read: Subd. 8. [ACCESS FOR NEWS MEDIA.]
The county auditor or municipal or school district clerk, or their designee, may, by written authorization, permitA news media representatives torepresentative may enter a polling places for up to 15 minutesplace during voting hours only to observe the voting process. A media representative must obtain prior authorization andpresent photo identification to the head election judge upon arrival at the polling place and, along with either a recognized media credential or written statement from a local election official attesting to the media representative's credentials. A media representative must not otherwise: (1) approach within six feet of an election judge ora voter; (2) converse with a voter while in the polling place; (3) make a list of persons voting or not voting; or (4) interview a voter within the polling placeinterfere with the voting process. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This act is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 24, 2005 Signed by the governor May 27, 2005, 3:50 p.m.