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203B.17 APPLICATION FOR BALLOT.
    Subdivision 1. Submission of application. (a) An application for absentee ballots for a voter
described in section 203B.16 may be submitted in writing or by electronic facsimile device,
or by electronic mail upon determination by the secretary of state that security concerns have
been adequately addressed. An application for absentee ballots for a voter described in section
203B.16 may be submitted by that voter or by that voter's parent, spouse, sister, brother, or child
over the age of 18 years. For purposes of an application under this subdivision, a person's Social
Security number, no matter how it is designated, qualifies as the person's military identification
number if the person is in the military.
(b) An application for a voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 1, shall be submitted
to the county auditor of the county where the voter maintains residence.
(c) An application for a voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 2, shall be submitted
to the county auditor of the county where the voter last maintained residence in Minnesota.
(d) An application for absentee ballots shall be valid for any primary, special primary,
general election, or special election from the time the application is received through the next
two regularly scheduled general elections for federal office held after the date on which the
application is received.
(e) There shall be no limitation of time for filing and receiving applications for ballots
under sections 203B.16 to 203B.27.
    Subd. 2. Required information. An application shall be accepted if it contains the following
information stated under oath:
(a) the voter's name, birthdate, and present address of residence in Minnesota, or former
address of residence in Minnesota if the voter is living permanently outside the United States;
(b) a statement indicating that the voter is in the military, or is the spouse or dependent
of an individual serving in the military, or is temporarily outside the territorial limits of the
United States, or is living permanently outside the territorial limits of the United States and
voting under federal law;
(c) a statement that the voter expects to be absent from the precinct at the time of the election;
(d) the address to which absentee ballots are to be mailed;
(e) the voter's signature or the signature and relationship of the individual authorized to apply
on the voter's behalf; and
(f) the voter's military identification card number, passport number, or, if the voter does not
have a valid passport or identification card, the signed statement of an individual authorized to
administer oaths or a commissioned or noncommissioned officer of the military not below the
rank of sergeant or its equivalent, certifying that the voter or other individual requesting absentee
ballots has attested to the truthfulness of the contents of the application under oath.
The oath taken must be the standard oath prescribed by section 101(b)(7) of the Uniformed
and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
A form for providing this information shall be prepared by each county auditor and shall be
furnished to individuals who request it pursuant to this section.
History: 1981 c 29 art 3 s 17; 1985 c 72 s 1; 1Sp2001 c 10 art 18 s 15; 2004 c 293 art 1 s 25