Voters using a touchscreen at their polling place could have their votes printed on a paper ballot.
Just how similar ballots printed from an assistive-voting device should be to ordinary paper ballots was a matter of discussion Friday by the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee.
Some assistive voting devices produce paper ballots that are smaller than regular ballots, meaning they might stand out from other ballots during a recount or public canvass of votes. To ensure voter anonymity, Peterson said she included a provision, at the request of the Office of the Secretary of State’s Disability Advisory Committee, to address recounts in precincts where multiple styles of voting systems are in use. If one ballot format is used by only 10 or fewer voters, the recount would be conducted by election judges from outside that precinct.
The idea was held over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The companion, SF1141, sponsored by Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester), awaits action by the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee.
In a letter supporting HF1569, Secretary of State Steve Simon wrote, “This legislation would not require any jurisdiction to purchase this equipment, but would allow additional vendors to seek state certification of their equipment – giving counties, cities, and towns more options when they consider replacing their assistive voting technology.”
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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