|S.F. No. 954 - Voter Registration|
|Author:||Senator Linda Higgins|
|Prepared by:||Peter S. Wattson, Senate Counsel (651/296-3812)|
|Date:||April 11, 2007|
Section 1 was deleted by the State Government Budget Division. It makes mandatory the current option for a postsecondary educational institution to provide a list of the names and addresses of its students who reside in the county and changes the official who receives the list from the county auditor to the Secretary of State. It also requires the institution to include on the list not only those students who reside in housing owned by the institution but also students who reside in private housing within the county or city where one or more of the institution's campuses is located. Institutions that do not consider student addresses to be public information must make release forms available to students authorizing the institution to provide the information to the Secretary of State, and must honor requests from students to omit their information from the list, if a written request is submitted to the institution at least 45 days before the next election. The electronic format of the list must agreed to between representatives of the colleges and the Secretary of State. At least 14 days before a state or city general election, the Secretary of State must provide the county auditor with a single list for each precinct of all the student names provided by the colleges.
Section 2 adds to the list of documents that may be used to prove a voter's residence for purposes of registering on election day a number of documents specifically mentioned in § 303(b)(2)(A) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252, 116 Stat. 1666 (Oct. 29, 2002), as sufficient to identify at the polling place a person who has registered to vote by mail: "a current and valid photo identification; or . . . a copy of a current utility bill . . . or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter . . . ." It adds to the list of documents that may be used a photo ID from a driver's license issued by another state or from a Minnesota high school student ID card, and "an itemized rent statement."
It strikes the current requirement that an employee of a residential facility in the precinct be named on a list provided by the facility to the county auditor at least 20 days before the election in order to be able to vouch for individuals residing in the facility. It permits them to vouch after presenting a current identification card issued by the facility or similar documentation of their employment.
Section 3 requires election registration challengers to prove their residence in this state using the same kind of documentation required to register to vote on election day.
Section 4 requires a challenger to swear that they understand the law governing challengers and challenges and will abide by it.
cc: Alyssa Erickson
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