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8205.1010 FORM OF PETITIONS.

Subpart 1.

Applicability.

This part applies to any petition required for any election in this state, including nominating petitions, recall petitions, and proposed recall petitions.

Subp. 2.

General form requirements.

Petitions must be prepared in accordance with items A to I.

A.

A petition must be prepared on paper no larger than 8-1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long. The signer's oath and the signature lines must be on the same side of the paper.

B.

The language on the petition must be printed in no smaller than 10-point type.

C.

Each petition page must have a short title describing the purpose of the petition.

D.

Each petition page must have a statement summarizing the purpose of the petition.

E.

If the purpose of the petition is to put a question on the ballot, each petition page may have a statement of 75 words or less summarizing the ballot question.

F.

Each petition page must have a signer's oath in no smaller than 12-point bold type. If the form of the signer's oath is not specified by statute, the following oath must be used: "I swear (or affirm) that I know the contents and purpose of this petition and that I signed this petition only once and of my own free will."

G.

Each petition page must include the following statement immediately above the signature lines: "All information must be filled in by person(s) signing the petition unless disability prevents the person(s) from doing so."

H.

Each petition page must have no more than ten signature lines. The signature lines must be consecutively numbered. Each signature line must have space for the date of signature; a signature; and each signatory's year of birth; printed first, middle, and last name; and residence address, municipality, and county.

I.

Each petition page must include the following statement: "All information on this petition is subject to public inspection."

Statutory Authority:

MS s 204B.071; 211C.03; 211C.04; 211C.06

History:

25 SR 616; 34 SR 1561

Published Electronically:

May 26, 2010

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