203B.11 HOSPITAL PATIENTS AND RESIDENTS OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.
Subdivision 1. Generally.
Each full-time municipal clerk or school district clerk who has
authority under section
to administer absentee voting laws shall designate election
judges to deliver absentee ballots in accordance with this section. The county auditor must also
designate election judges to perform the duties in this section. A ballot may be delivered only
to an eligible voter who is a temporary or permanent resident or patient in a health care facility
or hospital located in the municipality in which the voter maintains residence. The ballots shall
be delivered by two election judges, each of whom is affiliated with a different major political
party. When the election judges deliver or return ballots as provided in this section, they shall
travel together in the same vehicle. Both election judges shall be present when an applicant
completes the certificate of eligibility and marks the absentee ballots, and may assist an applicant
as provided in section
. The election judges shall deposit the return envelopes containing
the marked absentee ballots in a sealed container and return them to the clerk on the same day
that they are delivered and marked.
Subd. 2. Twenty days before an election.
During the 20 days preceding an election, the
election judges shall deliver absentee ballots only to an eligible voter who has applied for absentee
ballots to the county auditor or municipal clerk under section
203B.04, subdivision 1
Subd. 3. Election day.
On election day, the election judges shall deliver absentee ballots only
to an eligible voter who on the day before the election became a resident or patient in a health care
facility or hospital and who has applied for absentee ballots under section
203B.04, subdivision 2
Subd. 4. Agent delivery of ballots.
During the four days preceding an election and until
2:00 p.m. on election day, an eligible voter who is a patient of a health care facility, a participant
in a residential program for adults licensed under section
, subdivision 14, or a resident
of a shelter for battered women as defined in section
, subdivision 4, may designate an
agent to deliver the ballots to the voter from the county auditor or municipal clerk. A candidate at
the election may not be designated as an agent. The voted ballots must be returned to the county
auditor or municipal clerk no later than 3:00 p.m. on election day. The voter must complete an
affidavit requesting the auditor or clerk to provide the agent with the ballots in a sealed transmittal
envelope. The affidavit must include a statement from the voter stating that the ballots were
delivered to the voter by the agent in the sealed transmittal envelope. An agent may deliver ballots
to no more than three persons in any election. The secretary of state shall provide samples of the
affidavit and transmission envelope for use by the county auditors.
History: 1981 c 29 art 3 s 11; 1983 c 253 s 4; 1997 c 147 s 18,19; 1999 c 132 s 14,15; 2005
c 156 art 6 s 25; 2006 c 242 s 18