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204B.32 ELECTION EXPENSES; PAYMENT.
    Subdivision 1. Payment. (a) The secretary of state shall pay the compensation for
presidential electors, the cost of printing the pink paper ballots, and all necessary expenses
incurred by the secretary of state in connection with elections.
(b) The counties shall pay the compensation prescribed in section 204B.31, clauses (b) and
(c), the cost of printing the canary ballots, the white ballots, the pink ballots when machines are
used, the state partisan primary ballots, and the state and county nonpartisan primary ballots, all
necessary expenses incurred by county auditors in connection with elections, and the expenses
of special county elections.
(c) Subject to subdivision 2, the municipalities shall pay the compensation prescribed for
election judges and sergeants at arms, the cost of printing the municipal ballots, providing ballot
boxes, providing and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses of the municipal clerks
in connection with elections, except special county elections.
(d) The school districts shall pay the compensation prescribed for election judges and
sergeants-at-arms, the cost of printing the school district ballots, providing ballot boxes, providing
and equipping polling places and all necessary expenses of the school district clerks in connection
with school district elections not held in conjunction with state elections. When school district
elections are held in conjunction with state elections, the school district shall pay the costs of
printing the school district ballots, providing ballot boxes and all necessary expenses of the
school district clerk.
All disbursements under this section shall be presented, audited, and paid as in the case
of other public expenses.
    Subd. 2. Allocation of election expenses. The secretary of state shall develop procedures
for the allocation of election expenses among counties, municipalities, and school districts for
elections that are held concurrently. The following expenses must be included in the procedures:
salaries of election judges; postage for absentee ballots and applications; preparation of polling
places; preparation and testing of electronic voting systems; ballot preparation; publication
of election notices and sample ballots; transportation of ballots and election supplies; and
compensation for administrative expenses of the county auditor, municipal clerk, or school
district clerk.
History: 1981 c 29 art 4 s 32; 1983 c 301 s 162; 1987 c 266 art 1 s 31; 1991 c 227 s 14;
1995 c 8 s 3