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    Subdivision 1. Example ballot. (a) No later than June 1 of each year, the secretary of state
shall supply each auditor with a copy of an example ballot. The example ballot must illustrate the
format required for the ballots used in the primary and general elections that year.
(b) The county auditor shall distribute copies of the example ballot to municipal and school
district clerks in municipalities and school districts holding elections that year. The official ballot
must conform in all respects to the example ballot.
    Subd. 2. Sample ballot. At least two weeks before the state primary the county auditor shall
prepare a sample state partisan primary ballot and a sample state and county nonpartisan primary
ballot for public inspection. The names of all of the candidates to be voted for in the county
shall be placed on the sample ballots, with the names of the candidates for each office arranged
alphabetically according to the surname. Only one sample state partisan primary ballot and one
sample state and county nonpartisan ballot shall be prepared for any county. The county auditor
shall post the sample ballots in a conspicuous place in the auditor's office and shall cause them
to be published at least one week before the state primary in at least one newspaper of general
circulation in the county.
History: 1981 c 29 art 6 s 9; 1986 c 444; 1Sp2001 c 10 art 18 s 32