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206.61 BALLOTS.
    Subdivision 1. Official responsible for providing ballots. The official charged with
providing paper ballots when they are used shall provide all ballot cards, sample ballots, precinct
summary statements, and other necessary supplies needed for electronic voting systems, except as
otherwise provided by this section.
At general elections and primaries the county auditor of each county in which an electronic
voting system is used shall provide all ballot cards and other necessary printed forms and supplies
needed for the electronic voting system, including all forms needed for voting on candidates
and questions, the ballots for which are required by the election laws to be provided by the
state when paper ballots are used.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 3. Candidates' names. Candidates' names may be set in as large type as the length
of the majority of names on the ballot permits. The remaining candidates' names may be set in
smaller sizes of type as the length of each name requires, in order to fit the available space on
the ballot card.
    Subd. 4. Order of candidates. On the "State Partisan Primary Ballot" prepared for primary
elections, and on the white ballot prepared for the general election, the order of the names of
nominees or names of candidates for election shall be the same as required for paper ballots.
More than one column or row may be used for the same office or party. Electronic ballot display
and audio ballot readers must conform to the candidate order on the optical scan ballot used
in the precinct.
    Subd. 5. Alternation. The provisions of the election laws requiring the alternation of names
of candidates must be observed as far as practicable by changing the order of the names on an
electronic voting system in the various precincts so that each name appears on the machines
or marking devices used in a municipality substantially an equal number of times in the first,
last, and in each intermediate place in the list or group in which they belong. However, the
arrangement of candidates' names must be the same on all voting systems used in the same
precinct. If the number of names to be alternated exceeds the number of precincts, the election
official responsible for providing the ballots, in accordance with subdivision 1, shall determine by
lot the alternation of names.
If an electronic ballot marker is used with a paper ballot that is not an optical scan ballot
card, the manner of alternation of candidate names on the paper ballot must be as prescribed for
optical scan ballots in this subdivision.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
    Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1997 c 147 s 79]
History: 1984 c 447 s 7; 1987 c 175 s 13; 1997 c 147 s 56-58; 2005 c 162 s 15,16; 2006
c 242 s 29