206.85 OFFICIALS IN CHARGE OF COUNTING.
Subdivision 1. Duties of responsible official.
The official in charge of elections in a
municipality where an electronic voting system is used at a counting center must:
(a) be present or personally represented throughout the counting center proceedings;
(b) be responsible for acquiring sufficient facilities and personnel to ensure timely and
lawful processing of votes;
(c) be responsible for the proper training of all personnel participating in counting center
proceedings and deputize all personnel who are not otherwise election judges;
(d) maintain actual control over all proceedings and be responsible for the lawful execution
of all proceedings in the counting center whether or not by experts;
(e) be responsible for assuring the lawful retention and storage of ballots and read-outs; and
(f) arrange for observation by the public and by candidates' representatives of counting
center procedures by publishing the exact location of the counting center in a legal newspaper
at least once during the week preceding the week of election and in the newspaper of widest
circulation once on the day preceding the election, or once the week preceding the election if
the newspaper is a weekly.
The official may make arrangements with news reporters which permit prompt reporting
of election results but which do not interfere with the timely and lawful completion of counting
Subd. 2. Counting center in more than one municipality.
If a counting center serves
more than one municipality, the county auditor of the county where the center is located is in
sole charge of overall administration of the center and must:
(a) establish procedures to implement the timely and lawful completion of the counting
(b) coordinate training of all counting center personnel and require additional training as
(c) ask the county attorney, at least 30 days prior to an election, whether circumstances
require that the municipalities sharing the use of a counting center resolve their respective duties
and financial responsibilities by execution of a joint powers agreement pursuant to section
(d) coordinate, and if necessary, exercise the duties imposed by this section on the official in
charge of elections in a municipality where an electronic voting system is used; and
(e) limit the number of ballots to be counted at a single counting center to no more than
History: 1984 c 447 s 27; 1986 c 362 s 11; 1986 c 444; 2005 c 162 s 28