203B.16 Absent voters in the military or outside the United States.
Subdivision 1. Military service; temporary residence outside United States. Sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 provide alternative voting procedures for eligible voters who are absent from the precinct where they maintain residence because they are:
(1) either in the military or the spouses or dependents of individuals serving in the military; or
(2) temporarily outside the territorial limits of the United States.
Sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 are intended to implement the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, United States Code, title 42, section 1973ff.
Subd. 2. Permanent residence outside United States. Sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 provide the exclusive voting procedure for United States citizens who are living permanently outside the territorial limits of the United States who meet all the qualifications of an eligible voter except residence in Minnesota, but who are authorized by federal law to vote in Minnesota because they maintained residence in Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately prior to their departure from the United States. Individuals described in this subdivision shall be permitted to vote only for the offices of president, vice-president, senator in Congress, and representative in Congress.
Subd. 3. Duties of municipal clerk. The municipal clerk shall administer the duties of the county auditor in sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 for municipal elections not held on the same day as a state or county election.
Subd. 4. Duties of secretary of state. The secretary of state shall provide information regarding voter registration and absentee balloting procedures to be used by absent uniformed services voters, their spouses and dependents, and overseas voters.