.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 978 as follows:
Page 5, line 3, after "the" insert "mail and absentee ballot
Page 5, delete line 22
Page 5, line 23, delete "a precinct.
Page 5, after line 27, insert
"Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 204B.46, is amended to read:
1.7204B.46 MAIL ELECTIONS; QUESTIONS.
A county, municipality, or school district submitting questions to the voters at a
special election may conduct an election by mail with no polling place other than the
office of the auditor or clerk. No more than two questions may be submitted at a mail
election and no offices may be voted on. Notice of the election must be given to the county
auditor at least 53 days prior to the election. This notice shall also fulfill the requirements
of Minnesota Rules, part 8210.3000. The special mail ballot procedures must be posted
at least six weeks prior to the election. Not more than 30 nor later than 14 days prior to
the election, the auditor or clerk shall mail ballots by nonforwardable mail to all voters
registered in the county, municipality, or school district. No later than 14 days before the
election, the auditor or clerk must make a subsequent mailing of ballots to those voters
who register to vote after the initial mailing but before the 20th day before the election.
Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are mailed may apply for ballots
pursuant to chapter 203B. The auditor or clerk must appoint a ballot board to examine
the mail and absentee ballot
return envelopes and mark them "Accepted" or "Rejected"
within three days of receipt if there are 14 or fewer days before election day, or within five
days of receipt if there are more than 14 days before election day. The board may consist
of staff trained as election judges. Election judges performing the duties in this section
must be of different major political parties, unless they are exempt from that requirement
, subdivision 4, or section
. If an envelope has been rejected
at least five days before the election, the ballots in the envelope must remain sealed and
the auditor or clerk must provide the voter with a replacement ballot and return envelope
in place of the spoiled ballot. If the ballot is rejected within five days of the election, the
envelope must remain sealed and the official in charge of the ballot board must attempt to
contact the voter by telephone or e-mail to notify the voter that the voter's ballot has been
rejected. The official must document the attempts made to contact the voter.
If the ballot is accepted, the county auditor or municipal clerk must mark the roster to
indicate that the voter has already cast a ballot in that election. After the close of business
on the fourth day before the election, the ballots from return envelopes marked "Accepted"
may be opened, duplicated as needed in the manner provided by section
subdivision 5, initialed by the ballot board, and deposited in the appropriate ballot box.
In all other respects, the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing
deposit and counting of ballots apply.
2.14The mail and absentee ballots for a precinct must be counted together and reported
2.15as one vote total.
No vote totals from ballots may be made public before the close of
voting on election day."
Page 6, after line 9, insert
"Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 206.57, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
Subd. 6. Required certification.
In addition to the requirements in subdivision 1,
a voting system must be certified by an independent testing authority accredited by the
Election Assistance Commission or other designated agency
at the time of submission of
the application required by subdivision 1 to be in conformity with voluntary voting system
guidelines issued by the Election Assistance Commission or other designated agency
The application must be accompanied by the certification report of the voting systems
test laboratory. A certification under this section from an independent testing authority
accredited by the Election Assistance Commission or other designated agency
requirement of Minnesota Rules, part 8220.0350, item L. A vendor must provide a copy
of the source code for the voting system to the secretary of state. A chair of a major
political party or the secretary of state may select, in consultation with the vendor, an
independent third-party evaluator to examine the source code to ensure that it functions as
represented by the vendor and that the code is free from defects. A major political party
that elects to have the source code examined must pay for the examination. Except as
provided by this subdivision, a source code that is trade secret information must be treated
as nonpublic information, according to section
. A third-party evaluator must not
disclose the source code to anyone else."
Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
Amend the title accordingly