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S.F. No. 455 - Election Administration Bill (Third Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator Katie Sieben
 
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
 
Date: May 6, 2015



 

S.F. No. 455 is the elections omnibus bill.  Article 1 includes various election administration provisions.  Article 2 is the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.  Article 3 allows for automatic voter registration for individuals applying for or renewing a driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card.  This article also allows for preregistration for 16 and 17-year olds.  Article 4 provides for restoration of voting rights upon release from incarceration for a felony offense.  Article 5 provides for early voting from 15 days through the third day before the election.  Article 6 requires the use of an incarcerated individual’s home address for restricting purposes.  Article 7 provides appropriations. 

ARTICLE 1.  ELECTION ADMINISTRATION.

This article makes various changes to election administration provisions and deletes or repeals obsolete provisions.  This article includes provisions from S.F. Nos. 46, 262, 297, 455, 539, 1193, 1228, and 1394.

Section 1 ensures that when a school board changes from seven members to six members, three members are elected at each election (instead of two members at one election and four the next).

Section 2 adds a cross reference to the new statutory section created in section 3.

Section 3 requires a school board to hold a special election to fill a vacancy if more than one year remains in the unexpired term.  An appointment may be made to fill a vacancy if less than one year remains on the term.  A public hearing must be held before the appointment is made.  

Sections 4 and 5 specify that the signatures collected on a party petition must be collected within one year of the petition being filed.

Sections 6 and 7 provide a general definition for election law of “partisan offices” and “nonpartisan offices.”

Section 8 deletes obsolete language that required actions of the Secretary of State between 2010 and 2012.  Each month, the Secretary of State must prepare a list of voters who are not citizens.

Section 9 deletes an obsolete cross-reference in federal law and replaces it with the current cross-reference.  A cross-reference is added to state law that defines “military forces.”  By adding this cross-reference, National Guard members are allowed to use the UOCAVA procedures for voting.

Section 10 requires the county auditor or municipal clerk, upon request, provide an audio file of absentee ballot instructions. The Secretary of State must prepare the audio file of the instructions. The term “audio file” replaces the outdated term “cassette tape.”

Section 11 allows an individual to return his or her own absentee ballot on Election Day.  Prior to no-excuse absentee voting, a voter was required to use an agent to return an absentee ballot on Election Day.

Section 12 deletes a reference to the requirement of using an agent to return an absentee ballot on Election Day to be consistent with change made in section 11.  Specified that 8 p.m. is the deadline to receive ballots by mail or package delivery on Election Day.

Section 13 allows the absentee ballot board members to match a driver’s license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of a Social Security number to either the voter’s absentee ballot or voter record; under current law, the ballot board may only compare the number to the ballot application.

Section 14 deletes an obsolete cross-reference in federal law and replaces it with the current cross-reference.

Section 15 provides that children who have not resided in the U.S. may vote in Minnesota if their parent maintained residence in Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately prior to leaving the U.S. and if they meet all other voter eligibility requirements.

Section 16 deletes the provision that states that a Social Security number qualifies as a person’s military identification number; this language is no longer needed because military members are not required to use a Social Security number on an absentee ballot application. A conforming change is made to be consistent with section 15.

Section 17 makes a conforming change to be consistent with section 15.

Section 18 allows a candidate to request that his or her address be classified as private data if the address is classified as private pursuant to another state law.

Section 19 allows a high school student to be a trainee election judge in any county, instead of limiting the student to the county where he or she resides.

Section 20 deletes the requirement that the names of candidates on a ballot must be printed in all capital letters.

Sections 21 and 22 delete obsolete language relating to marking an X in a square on a ballot and replaces it with references to filling ovals or other similar target shapes.

Section 23 removes a requirement that titles on a ballot be in all capital letters.

Section 24 allows a town of any size anywhere in the state or a city with fewer than 1,000 voters that is not located in the metropolitan area may conduct elections by mail balloting in state, county, or municipal elections.  Under current law, towns in the metropolitan area cannot use mail balloting and the threshold for cities using mail balloting is fewer than 400 voters.

Section 25 allows the county auditor or municipal clerk to open mail ballots on the seventh day before the election, instead of the fourth day before the election. This makes the opening of mail ballots the same as absentee ballots.

Sections 26 specifies that a voter is allowed to take time off from work to vote in any regularly scheduled election and in elections to fill vacancies in nomination for constitutional officers.

Section 27 deletes an obsolete reference to folding ballots.

Section 28 deletes obsolete language relating to marking an X in a square on a ballot and replaces it with references to filling ovals or other similar target shapes. Clarifies that only the partisan section of a primary ballot must not be counted if there are votes for more than one political party.

Section 29 deletes obsolete language relating to handing ballots to judges who place the ballots in the ballot box.

Section 30 removes the limit on the number of voters an individual may assist in voting.

Sections 31, 32, 33, and 34 delete obsolete language relating to marking an X in a square on a ballot and replaces it with references to filling ovals or other similar target shapes.

Section 35 specifies that the deadline to request a publicly funded recount in a state election is 5 p.m. on the second day after the canvass of the election.  This replaces the previous 48-hour deadline.

Section 36 states that a discretionary recount of a state or federal primary election must not delay the notice of nomination to the winning candidate. The results of the recount must be certified by the canvassing board as soon as possible.

Section 37 specifies that the deadline for a publicly funded recount in a local election must be filed by 5 p.m. on the fifth day after the canvass of a primary or by 5 p.m. on the seventh day after the canvass of a general election.

Section 38 states that a discretionary recount of a local primary election must not delay the notice of nomination to the winning candidate. The results of the recount must be certified by the canvassing board as soon as possible.

Section 39 deletes the prohibition on issuing an election certificate until the courts have determined the outcome of an election contest. The exception for legislative offices is removed.

Section 40 deletes an obsolete cross-reference in federal law and replaces it with the current cross-reference.

Section 41 specifies that a certificate of election in a special election for a legislator is issued to the chief clerk of the house or secretary of the senate, instead of to the individual.

Section 42 allows cities to adopt a filing fee other than the default fee.  A cap is placed on the fee that may be imposed.  Charter cities that set filing fees by authority of their charter are exempt from the fee cap.

Section 43 remove the requirements that voter instructions on a primary ballot be in all capital letters.

Sections 44, 45, and 46 delete references to other questions voted on statewide because only constitutional amendments are voted on statewide.  Section 44 also deletes a reference to questions voted on in more than one county.

Sections 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, and 52 delete obsolete language relating to marking an X in a square on a ballot and replaces it with references to filling ovals or other similar target shapes. Also, section 50 removes the obsolete requirement that a ballot question be placed on a separate ballot.

Section 53 establishes the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force.  Subdivision 1 provides for the task force to have 14 members representing various perspectives. Vacancies are filled by the entity making the original appointment.  Members must be appointed by July 1, 2015.

Subdivision 2 sets forth the duties of the task force relating to various aspects of emergency planning for elections.

Subdivision 3 requires the Secretary of State to convene the first meeting by August 1, 2015. Members of the task force elect a chair and vice-chair from among the members.

Subdivision 4 provides that public members of the task force are compensated in the same manner as public members on other task forces.

Subdivision 5 requires the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) to provide staff to assist the task force.

Subdivision 6 requires the task force to submit a report by January 1, 2016 to the legislature. The report should summarize the findings of the task force and list the recommendations for developing a statewide elections emergency plan.

Subdivision 7 provides that the task force expires the day after it submits its report or January 1, 2016, whichever is earlier.

Section 54 repeals Minnesota Statutes, sections 123B.09, subdivision 5, (school board vacancies); 204B.14, subdivision 6 (requiring precinct boundaries to follow physical boundaries); 204C.30, subdivision 1 (requiring the county auditor to deliver a set of summary statements to the Secretary of State); 204C.13, subdivision 4 (requiring voters to fold ballots); and 383A.555 (providing details for an election held in 1990 in Ramsey County).

ARTICLE 2.  UNIFORM FAITHFUL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS ACT.

This article adopts the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.  The Act requires a presidential elector to vote for the candidates for president and vice-president to whom the elector is pledged.  If the elector does not vote in this manner, a process is provided to refuse the ballot and replace the elector.  This article includes S.F. No. 47.

Sections 1, 2, and 3 make conforming changes by adding references to alternate presidential electors.

Section 4 deletes provisions relating to selecting alternate electors.  Selecting alternative electors is addressed in section 7.  The electors are required to meet at noon on the designated day and perform the required duties.

Section 5 provides the short title for this act, which is the “Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.”

Section 6 provides definitions.

Section 7 requires a political party or presidential candidate to submit the names of two individuals for each elector position.  One individual must be designated “elector nominee” and the other as “alternate elector nominee.”  The electors for Minnesota are the winning elector nominees.

Section 8 specifies the pledge that each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee must take.  The pledge states that the elector nominee or alternate elector nominee will support the candidate of the party, or unaffiliated candidate, that made the nomination.  The executed pledge must be submitted, with the corresponding names, to the Secretary of State.

Section 9 requires the Governor to include in the certificate of ascertainment that electors will serve unless a vacancy occurs; that if a vacancy occurs, the vacancy will be filled; and that the Governor will file an amended certificate if a vacancy is filled.  A certificate of ascertainment is required by federal law as part of the Electoral College voting process. (A certificate of ascertainment lists the names of the electors, and substitute electors, nominated to the Electoral College and the vote totals received by each at the general election.) 

Section 10 requires the Secretary of State to preside at the meeting of the state’s electors held to cast ballots for president and vice-president.  A process is provided to appoint an individual as a substitute elector, if necessary.

Section 11 requires the Secretary of State to provide each elector with a presidential and a vice-presidential ballot.  The elector must mark the ballots and then sign and print his or her name on each.  Each elector must present the completed ballots to the Secretary of State, who must examine and accept the ballots.  The Secretary of State must not accept or count a ballot if the elector has not marked both ballots or has marked a ballot in violation of his or her pledge.  A vacancy is created if an elector that refuses to present a ballot, presents an unmarked ballot, or presents a ballot marked in violation of the elector’s pledge.  The process is repeated with a substitute elector. 

Section 12 requires the Secretary of State to prepare an amended certificate of ascertainment and transmit it for the Governor’s signature if any of the electors are different from those listed in the original certificate.  The Governor must sign the amended certificate and return it to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State must prepare a certificate of vote and the electors must sign the certificate.  The Secretary of State must then process and transmit the signed certificate with the amended certificate.

Section 13 requires consideration to be given to uniformity of interpretation when applying these statutes with respect to the application and interpretation of the statutes in other states that have adopted this uniform law.

Section 14 makes a conforming change by adding a reference to alternate presidential electors.

Section 15 repeals Minnesota Statutes, sections 208.07 (certificate of electors) and 208.08 (elector meeting).  Both statutes are redundant or superseded by provisions in the bill.

ARTICLE 3.  VOTER REGISTRATION

This article automatically registers an individual to vote, if eligible, when he or she applies for a driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card.  This article also allows 16 and 17-year olds to preregister to vote.  This article includes provisions from S.F. Nos. 206 and 1346.

Section 1 adds a cross reference in the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act to section 7 of the bill relating to data on individuals that are determined by the Secretary of State to be ineligible to vote.

Section 2 allows an individual who is between the ages of 16 and18 to submit a voter registration application.

Section 3 adds a conforming cross-reference.

Section 4 allows an individual between the ages of 16 and 18 that meets all other voter eligibility requirements to submit a voter registration application. This section specifies that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to vote.

Section 5 amends the certifications on voter registration forms to allow for pre-registration of 16 and 17 year-olds.  This section makes a change to conform with changes made in ARTICLE 4 on restoration of voting rights.  This section deletes the requirement that a paper voter registration application be of a size and weight suitable for mailing.

Section 6 specifies that the public information list must only contain the information for voters who are at least 18 years old.

Section 7, subdivision 1, requires individuals who complete applications for new or renewed Minnesota driver’s licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be registered to vote. The applicant may decline to be registered.

Subdivision 2 requires the Commissioner of Public Safety to consult with the Secretary of State in designing applications for driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and identification cards so they meet the requirements of current law and the bill. The applications must include a box for applicant to check to decline to be registered to vote. The commissioner must transmit the registration information daily to the Secretary of State, except for information on applicants who decline to be registered or provide an address other than his or her residential address as authorized by law. The driver’s license record must also include citizenship.

Subdivision 3 requires the Secretary of State, upon receiving the data, to determine whether the applicant is currently registered.  If the applicant is registered, the Secretary of State must update the applicant’s registration date in the statewide voter registration system.  If the applicant is not registered, the Secretary of State must determine if the applicant is eligible to vote.  If an applicant is under the age of 18, the Secretary of State must wait until the applicant turns 18 to determine edibility to vote. The Secretary of State must send daily updates to the relevant county auditors to reflect updated or new voter registrations. Data on applicants who are not eligible to vote are private data on individuals. 

Subdivision 4 requires the county auditor, upon getting notice from the Secretary of State, to mail the voter a notice of registration.

Subdivision 5 states that an application for registration that is dated during the 20 days before an election is not effective until the day after the election.

This section is not effective until the Commissioner of Public Safety has certified that their systems have been tested and can accurately provide the required data and the Secretary of State has certified that the system for automatic registration has been tested and is capable of properly determining whether an applicant is eligible to vote.

ARTICLE 4.  RESTORATION OF RIGHT TO VOTE.

This article restores the right to vote to individuals that were incarcerated for a felony offense upon their release from incarceration.  This article includes provisions from S.F. No. 355.

Section 1 provides that an individual convicted of a felony is eligible to vote upon completion of any incarceration imposed and executed by the court.  If the person is later incarcerated for the same offense, the individual’s right to vote is lost only during the period of incarceration.

Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 make conforming changes to statutory provisions related to the maintenance of voter registration lists.

Section 6 is a conforming amendment regarding data provided by the Commissioner of Corrections to the Secretary of State for the purposes of determining the restoration of the right to vote of convicted felons.

Section 7 requires the Secretary of State to develop an electronic publication with complete and accurate information about the voting rights of people who have been charged with or convicted of a crime.  The publication must be made available to the state court administrator for distribution to judges, court personnel, probation officers, and the Department of Corrections for distribution to corrections officials, parole and supervised release agents, and the public.

Section 8 amends the Voter’s Bill of Rights to reflect the right of convicted felons to vote provided they are not currently incarcerated.  This section also specifies that a voter is allowed to take time off from work to vote in a state, federal, or regularly scheduled election.

Section 9, subdivision 1 requires the chief executive officer of each state and local correctional facility to designate an official within the facility to provide the notice required under this section to inmates who have had their civil right to vote restored.

Subdivision 2 requires notice of the restoration of the right to vote be provided to inmates being released from a correctional facility following incarceration for a felony-level offense.  Requires probation officers and supervised release agents to provide the notice for all offenders under correctional supervision for a felony offense.

Subdivision 3 stipulates the form and content of the notice of the restoration of the right to vote.

Subdivision 4 provides that failure to provide notice as required by this section does not prevent the restoration of the person’s civil rights.

Section 10 is a conforming amendment stating that Minnesota Statutes, section 201.014, subdivision 2a (section 2 of the bill) governs the restoration of voting rights for persons whose right to vote has been lost due to a felony conviction.

Section 11 repeals Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 201.155, (requiring the state court administrator to report to the Secretary of State certain information about persons convicted of a felony for the purpose of determining the restoration of their right to vote) and Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 201.275, (regarding the investigation and prosecution of voter registration violations).

Section 12 provides that the article is effective August 1, 2015, and applies to elections held on or after that date.  Notices required by this bill must be provided to individuals released from incarceration on or after August 1, 2015.

ARTICLE 5.  EARLY VOTING

This article authorizes the use of early voting for all federal, state, and county elections. Additionally, cities, towns, and school districts may use early voting if they meet specified criteria. Early voting would be offered from 15 days prior to the election through 5 p.m. on the third day before the election. Early voting locations would be at the county auditor’s office, the municipal clerk’s office, and other designated locations. Early voting locations are required to have access to the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) at the early voting location to allow election judges to determine if individuals have already voted.  This article includes provisions from S.F. No. 414.

Section 1 requires the SVRS to be able to provide necessary reports for early voting.

Section 2 specifies that election law applies to early voting unless otherwise provided.

Section 3 provides a definition of early voting.

Section 4 includes early voting in the existing list of absentee voting violations.

Section 5 adds cross references to the new early voting sections.

Section 6 prohibits voters from voting by in-person absentee ballot during the early voting period.

Section 7 requires the county auditor’s office and municipal clerk’s office to be open to accept absentee ballot applications and casting of absentee ballots from 8 a.m. to noon on the day before a federal, state, or county election, unless that day falls on a Sunday. For local elections not held in conjunction with a federal, state, or county election, the current requirements remain in place.

Section 8 provides that the same ballot board has responsibility for absentee voting and early voting. The election judges on the board must be trained on absentee ballots, administration of early voting, and the use of the SVRS.

Section 9 specifies that the ballot board must administer early voting as provided in section 18. The ballot board must make a record of voters who cast early ballots and cast those ballots as provided in sections 10 and 12.

Section 10 requires the county auditor or municipal clerk to immediately record in the SVRS that a voter has cast an early ballot. A voter whose record shows that the voter has cast an early ballot must not be allowed to vote again in that election. At the close of business on the day before the start of early voting, a voter whose record indicates that an absentee ballot has been accepted must not be allowed to vote again at the election. County elections are added to the list of elections where this information must be entered into the SVRS. By the start of Election Day, the roster must be marked to indicate voters who have voted early.

Section 11 allows accepted absentee ballots to be opened and deposited in the ballot box after the close of business on the 16th day before the election.

Section 12 specifies that early voting ballots are stored and counted in the same manner as absentee ballots.

Section 13 allows an eligible voter to vote early in a primary, special, and general election for a federal, state, or county office. Cities, towns, and school districts may use early voting in their elections that are not held in conjunction with a federal, state, or county election if the specified requirements are met. The governing body must adopt a resolution authorizing early voting at least 74 days before the election. A charter city may instead include the provision in its charter. A city, town, or school district may only use early voting of the clerk has the technical capacity to access the SVRS in the manner prescribed by the Secretary of State.

Section 14 states that early voting must be available in elections described in Section 13 from 15 days before the election through 5 p.m. on the third day before the election. Voters in line at 5 p.m. on the last day of early voting must be allowed to vote in the same manner as voters in line when the polls close on Election Day.  For a primary, polling places are not required to be open on the first Saturday of early voting.

Section 15 requires early voting locations to be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on each weekday during the early voting period. Additionally, each location must be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on at least one weekday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two Saturdays before the election.

Section 16 requires early voting to be available at: (1) the county auditor’s office; (2) the municipal clerk’s office (if the municipality is administering absentee voting); and (3) at any other location designated by the county auditor or city clerk at least 90 days before the election.

Section 17 requires the county auditor to prepare a notice to voters of the days, times, and locations for early voting. At least two weeks before the election, the notice must be posted on the Web sites of the county, cities, and towns where an early voting location is designated. If there is no Web site, the notice must be published in the official newspaper.

Section 18 requires a member of the ballot board to use the SVRS to determine if an individual has cast a ballot in the election before the individual is allowed to sign the polling place roster or voter signature certificate. If the individual has already cast a ballot, the individual must not be allowed to vote. If the individual has not already cast a ballot, must sign the polling place roster or voter signature certificate and be given a ballot. As soon as possible after giving the ballot to the voter, a member of the ballot board must enter into the SVRS that the voter has cast a ballot in the election. Early ballots must be prepared and distributed in the same manner as ballots for Election Day. Voters must deposit their ballots in a precinct count voting system or sealed ballot box. A voter must not leave the polling place with a ballot. Early ballots must be processed and counted as provided in Section 12.

Section 19 requires the county auditor to prepare and make available early voting election materials at least one day before the beginning of early voting.

Section 20 makes a change to conform with changes in ARTICLE 4 on restoration of voting rights.  Requires the polling place roster or voter signature certificate for early voters to state, in bold type, that the voter understands that they cannot vote again in the election.  This is in addition to the existing required statement that the voter understands that providing false information is a felony. That statement is also required to be printed in bold type.

Section 21 specifies that a computer program for electronic voting systems, and a duplicate, must be completed and delivered to the election jurisdiction at least 27 days before the election.

Section 22 requires voting system tests to occur between the 22nd day and the 16th day before the election.  This ensures testing is completed before early voting starts.

Section 23 provides that the article is effective when the Secretary of State makes the required certification or August 1, 2015, whichever is later.  The Secretary of State must certify that: (1) the SVRS has been tested, properly allows for tracking of information required for early voting, and can handle the expected volume of use; and (2) precinct count voting equipment that can tabulate at least 30 different ballot styles has been certified for use in Minnesota.

ARTICLE 6.  REDISTRICTING.

This article provides that individuals incarcerated in a correctional facility at the time of a federal census are to be counted, for redistricting purposes, at their last known address in the state instead of at the address of the correctional facility.  The Secretary of State and the Legislative Coordinating Commission must adjust census data to reflect this. This article includes provisions from S.F. No. 1151.

Section 1 adds a reference in the redistricting provision for water and soil conservation districts to be consistent with section 2.

Section 2 sets forth a process for using an inmate’s previous address for redistricting purposes, instead of the address of the correctional facility. Subdivision 1 adds a new headnote.

Subdivision 2 requires the Commissioner of Corrections, in the year of the federal census, to transfer to the Secretary of State a unique identifier for each incarcerated person in the jurisdiction on the date of the census. The identifier must not use the name or Offender Identification (OID) number and must be such that it is not possible for anyone outside the Department of Corrections to identify the inmate.  For each inmate, the Commissioner of Corrections must also provide:  the street address of the correctional facility where the individual was incarcerated; the last known address of the individual prior to incarceration; the person’s race, whether the person is of Hispanic or Latino origin, and whether the person is over the age of 18; and any additional information requested by the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State must provide the data to the Legislative Coordinating Commission.  This information is treated as confidential and must not be disclosed by the Secretary of State except as redistricting data aggregated by census blocks.

Subdivision 3 requires the Secretary of State to request each agency that operates a federal facility to provide the information required in subdivision 2.

Subdivision 4 requires the Secretary of State to work with the Legislative Coordinating Commission to prepare redistricting population data to reflect incarcerated persons at their previous address. This data is the population basis for redistricting. Incarcerated individuals that have no known previous address within the state must not be used to determine ideal populations for districts. 

Subdivision 5 requires the Secretary of State to work with the Legislative Coordinating Commission to determine the geographic unit in which the each identified inmate was counted in at the address of the correctional facility and the unit of the individual’s address outside of the facility.  For each individual with a known address that is included in a report required by subdivision 2 or 3, the Secretary of State or the Legislative Coordinating Commission must ensure that person is not represented in any population counts where the correctional facility is located (unless that is the same geographic unit where the individual resides) and ensure that population counts reflect the person’s residential address.  The Secretary of State and the Legislative Coordinating Commission must not count a person whose address is unknown or is not in Minnesota in the count for any geographic unit.  Also, the Secretary of State and the Legislative Coordinating Commission must not count persons in a federal correctional facility that were not included in a report in any geographic unit. The Secretary of State and the Legislative Coordinating Commission must allocate these individuals to a state unit that is not tied to a specific geography.

Subdivision 6 requires the data prepared by the Secretary of State and the Legislative Coordinating Commission to be completed and published no later than 30 days from the date the federal census data is published for Minnesota.

Subdivision 7 requires the Secretary of State to notify local governments and the Metropolitan Council that they are required to use data prepared by the Secretary of State for redistricting purposes. This data must not be used in the distribution of any state or federal aid. 

Sections 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 add references in local government and Metropolitan Council redistricting statutes to be consistent with section 2, subdivision 7.

Section 4 requires the Commissioner of Corrections to collect and maintain a record of legal residence and other specified demographic data, consistent with the data required in section 2, for persons entering custody. The commissioner must transfer this data to the Secretary of State.

ARTICLE 7.  APPROPRIATIONS.

This article provides appropriations for implementing the requirements of the act.  $22,000 is appropriated to the LCC in 2016 for the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force in Article 1, Section 52.  $77,000 is appropriated to the Secretary of State in 2016 to implement earling voting.

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