203B.04 APPLICATION FOR BALLOTS.
Subdivision 1. Application procedures.
Except as otherwise allowed by subdivision 2, an
application for absentee ballots for any election may be submitted at any time not less than one day
before the day of that election. The county auditor shall prepare absentee ballot application forms
in the format provided by the secretary of state, notwithstanding rules on absentee ballot forms,
and shall furnish them to any person on request. By January 1 of each even-numbered year, the
secretary of state shall make the forms to be used available to auditors through electronic means.
An application submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to:
(a) the county auditor of the county where the applicant maintains residence; or
(b) the municipal clerk of the municipality, or school district if applicable, where the
applicant maintains residence.
An application shall be approved if it is timely received, signed and dated by the applicant,
contains the applicant's name and residence and mailing addresses, and states that the applicant
is eligible to vote by absentee ballot for one of the reasons specified in section
application may contain a request for the voter's date of birth, which must not be made available
for public inspection. An application may be submitted to the county auditor or municipal clerk
by an electronic facsimile device. An application mailed or returned in person to the county
auditor or municipal clerk on behalf of a voter by a person other than the voter must be deposited
in the mail or returned in person to the county auditor or municipal clerk within ten days after it
has been dated by the voter and no later than six days before the election. The absentee ballot
applications or a list of persons applying for an absentee ballot may not be made available for
public inspection until the close of voting on election day.
An application under this subdivision may contain an application under subdivision 5 to
automatically receive an absentee ballot application.
Subd. 2. Health care patient.
An eligible voter who on the day before an election becomes a
resident or patient in a health care facility or hospital located in the municipality in which the
eligible voter maintains residence may apply for absentee ballots on election day if the voter:
(a) requests an application form by telephone from the municipal clerk not later than 5:00
p.m. on the day before election day; or
(b) submits an absentee ballot application to the election judges engaged in delivering
absentee ballots pursuant to section
Subd. 3. Delivery of application forms.
The election judges designated to deliver absentee
ballots pursuant to section
shall deliver a blank application form for absentee ballots to
any individual who requests one in order to apply for absentee ballots pursuant to subdivision 2.
Subd. 4. Registration at time of application.
An eligible voter who is not registered to vote
but who is otherwise eligible to vote by absentee ballot may register by including a completed
voter registration card with the absentee ballot. The individual shall present proof of residence as
required by section
201.061, subdivision 3
, to the individual who witnesses the marking of the
absentee ballots. A military voter, as defined in section
, may register in this manner if
voting pursuant to sections
, or may register pursuant to sections
Subd. 5. Permanent illness or disability.
(a) An eligible voter who reasonably expects to
be permanently unable to go to the polling place on election day because of illness or disability
may apply to a county auditor or municipal clerk under this section to automatically receive an
absentee ballot application before each election, other than an election by mail conducted under
, and to have the status as a permanent absentee voter indicated on the voter's
(b) The secretary of state shall adopt rules governing procedures under this subdivision.
Subd. 6. Ongoing absentee status; termination.
(a) An eligible voter may apply to a
county auditor or municipal clerk for status as an ongoing absentee voter who reasonably expects
to meet the requirements of section
203B.02, subdivision 1
. Each applicant must automatically
be provided with an absentee ballot application for each ensuing election other than an election
by mail conducted under section
, and must have the status of ongoing absentee voter
indicated on the voter's registration record.
(b) Ongoing absentee voter status ends on:
(1) the voter's written request;
(2) the voter's death;
(3) return of an ongoing absentee ballot as undeliverable;
(4) a change in the voter's status so that the voter is not eligible to vote under section
(5) placement of the voter's registration on inactive status under section
History: 1981 c 29 art 3 s 4; 1983 c 303 s 3; 1984 c 560 s 4; 1987 c 266 art 1 s 13; 1990 c
585 s 19; 1991 c 227 s 10; 1997 c 147 s 14; 1999 c 132 s 9; 2000 c 467 s 6; 1Sp2001 c 10 art 18
s 10,11; 2005 c 156 art 6 s 21-23