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S.F. No. 2495 - Alternative Method for Casting In-Person Absentee Ballot
Author: Senator Katie Sieben
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 14, 2016


S.F. No. 2495 allows an alternative method for casting in-person absentee ballots in the seven days prior to an election. A county auditor may make ballot counters and ballot boxes available for use during this period. If offered, an in-person absentee voter that votes during the seven days prior to an election must be allowed to either follow the current procedure of in-person absentee voting or to place the ballot directly into the ballot box.  If a voter chooses to use the alternative process, the voter must provide his or her name, address, and date of birth, and sign a voter’s certificate. Then the voter is issued a ballot to complete.  Once the ballot is completed, the voter deposits the ballot into the ballot box.  The election official must immediately record that the voter has voted.


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