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206.56 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Scope. The definitions in chapter 200 and in this section apply to sections
206.55 to 206.90.
    Subd. 1a. Assistive voting technology. "Assistive voting technology" means touch-activated
screen, buttons, keypad, sip-and-puff input device, keyboard, earphones, or any other device used
with an electronic ballot marker that assists voters to use an audio or electronic ballot display
in order to cast votes.
    Subd. 1b. Audio ballot reader. "Audio ballot reader" means an audio representation of a
ballot that can be used with other assistive voting technology to permit a voter to mark votes
on a nonelectronic ballot.
    Subd. 2. Automatic tabulating equipment. "Automatic tabulating equipment" includes
machines, resident firmware, and programmable memory units necessary to automatically
examine and count votes designated on a ballot.
    Subd. 3. Ballot. "Ballot" includes paper ballots, ballot cards, and the paper ballot marked by
an electronic marking device.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 5. Ballot card. "Ballot card" means a ballot which is marked so that votes may be
counted by automatic tabulating equipment.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 7. Counting center. "Counting center" means a place selected by the governing
body of a municipality where a central count electronic voting system is used for the automatic
processing and counting of ballots.
    Subd. 7a. Electronic ballot display. "Electronic ballot display" means a graphic
representation of a ballot on a computer monitor or screen on which a voter may make vote
choices for candidates and questions for the purpose of marking a nonelectronic ballot.
    Subd. 7b. Electronic ballot marker. "Electronic ballot marker" means equipment that is
part of an electronic voting system that uses an electronic ballot display or audio ballot reader
to mark a nonelectronic ballot with votes selected by a voter.
    Subd. 8. Electronic voting system. "Electronic voting system" means a system in which
the voter records votes by means of marking a ballot, so that votes may be counted by automatic
tabulating equipment in the polling place where the ballot is cast or at a counting center.
An electronic voting system includes automatic tabulating equipment; nonelectronic ballot
markers; electronic ballot markers, including electronic ballot display, audio ballot reader, and
devices by which the voter will register the voter's voting intent; software used to program
automatic tabulators and layout ballots; computer programs used to accumulate precinct results;
ballots; secrecy folders; system documentation; and system testing results.
    Subd. 9. Manual marking device. "Manual marking device" means any approved device for
directly marking a ballot by hand with ink, pencil, or other substance which will enable the ballot
to be tabulated by means of automatic tabulating equipment.
    Subd. 10.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 12.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 13.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 14. Question. "Question" means a statement of any constitutional amendment, local
ordinance, charter amendment, or other proposition being submitted to the voters at an election.
    Subd. 15.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 16. User list. "User list" means a list of the chief election officials of each county
and municipality responsible for preparation of a program to be used with an electronic voting
system or for administration of a counting center.
    Subd. 17. Municipality. "Municipality" means city, town, or school district.
History: 1984 c 447 s 2; 1986 c 362 s 6; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 266 art 1 s 61; 1997 c 147 s
48-52; 2005 c 162 s 3-11; 2006 c 242 s 24-28