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203B.13 Absentee ballot boards.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The governing body of any county that has established a counting center as provided in section 206.85, subdivision 2, any municipality, or any school district may by ordinance or resolution, authorize an absentee ballot board. The board shall consist of a sufficient number of election judges appointed as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22.

Subd. 2. Duties. The absentee ballot board may do any of the following:

(a) Receive from each precinct in the municipality or school district all ballot envelopes marked "Accepted" by the election judges; provided that the governing body of a municipality or the school board of a school district may authorize the board to examine all return absentee ballot envelopes and receive or reject absentee ballots in the manner provided in section 203B.12;

(b) Open and count the absentee ballots, tabulating the vote in a manner that indicates each vote of the absentee voter and the total absentee vote cast for each candidate or question in each precinct; or

(c) Report the vote totals tabulated for each precinct.

The absentee ballot board may begin the process of examining the return envelopes and marking them "accepted" or "rejected" at any time during the 30 days before the election. If an envelope has been rejected at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must be considered spoiled ballots and the official in charge of the absentee ballot board shall provide the voter with a replacement absentee ballot and return envelope in place of the spoiled ballot. The secretary of state shall provide samples of the replacement ballot and return envelope for use by the county auditor.

Subd. 3. Compensation of members. The municipal clerk shall pay a reasonable compensation to each member of the absentee ballot board for services rendered during each election.

Subd. 3a. Absentee voter list. If the election judges of an absentee ballot board are authorized to receive, examine, validate, and count absentee ballots, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall prepare a list of all persons who have applied for absentee ballots at the election and deliver it to the election judges of the absentee ballot board along with the applications for absentee ballots. The polling place rosters must include an indicator for all persons on the absentee voter list. The county auditor may provide a supplemental list for use by the election judges after the polling place rosters have been prepared. If a person on the absentee voter list appears in the polling place, the election judges shall notify the election judges of the absentee ballot board. When notified by the precinct election judges that the voter has voted in person, the election judges of the absentee ballot board shall make a notation on the absentee voter list that the voter has voted and no absentee ballot may be counted for that voter.

Subd. 4. Applicable laws. Except as otherwise provided by this section, all of the laws applicable to absentee ballots and absentee voters and all other provisions of the Minnesota Election Law shall apply to an absentee ballot board.

HIST: 1981 c 29 art 3 s 13; 1981 c 185 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 266 art 1 s 19; 1989 c 291 art 1 s 7; 1990 c 585 s 23; 1991 c 320 s 2; 1997 c 147 s 22,23