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relating to elections; providing for the establishment of precinct caucus dates by the appropriate political party; requiring notice to the secretary of state;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 202A.14, subdivision 1; 202A.15, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
At 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday in March In every state general election year there shall be held for every election precinct a party caucus in the manner provided in sections 202A.14 to 202A.19, except that
In the event of severe weather a major political party may request the secretary of state to postpone caucuses. If a major political party makes a request, or upon the secretary of state's own initiative, after consultation with all major political parties and on the advice of the federal Weather Bureau and the Department of Transportation, the secretary of state may declare precinct caucuses to be postponed for a week in counties where weather makes travel especially dangerous. The secretary of state shall submit a notice of the postponement to news media covering the affected counties by 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled day of the caucus. A postponed caucus may also be postponed pursuant to this subdivision.
Precinct caucuses within a county shall be held on the day provided by law and the caucuses shall remain open for at least one hour.
Presented to the governor April 30, 2008
Signed by the governor May 1, 2008, 11:14 a.m.