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203B.02 General eligibility requirements.

Subdivision 1. Unable to go to polling place. Any eligible voter who reasonably expects to be unable to go to the polling place on election day in the precinct where the individual maintains residence because of absence from the precinct, illness, disability, religious discipline, observance of a religious holiday, or service as an election judge in another precinct may vote by absentee ballot as provided in sections 203B.04 to 203B.15.

Subd. 1a. Experimental procedures. A county board may authorize any eligible voter in the county to vote by absentee ballot without qualification by submitting a written request to the county auditor between August 1, 1991 and November 30, 1992, notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1. The county auditor shall notify the secretary of state immediately after the adoption of such a resolution of authorization by the county board.

The application for absentee ballots must include the voter's name, residence address in the county, address to which the ballots are to be mailed, the date of the request, and the voter's signature.

The county auditor shall maintain a record of the number of applications for absentee ballots submitted under this subdivision. No later than January 15, 1993, the secretary of state shall prepare a report to the legislature on the implementation of this subdivision.

Assistance to voters in marking absentee ballots is subject to section 204C.15, subdivision 1.

Subd. 2. Military service; temporary absence. An eligible voter who is either in the military, or is a spouse or dependent of an individual serving in the military, or is temporarily outside the territorial limits of the United States may vote by absentee ballot either as provided in sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 or as provided in sections 203B.16 to 203B.27.

Subd. 3. Permanent residence abroad. A United States citizen living permanently outside the United States who is eligible under federal law to vote in federal elections in Minnesota may vote by absentee ballot only as provided in sections 203B.16 to 203B.27.

HIST: 1981 c 29 art 3 s 2; 1983 c 303 s 2; 1984 c 471 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 227 s 9

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