Having local special elections take place on only five calendar days throughout the calendar year is one provision of the omnibus elections bill passed by the House Sunday.
In most cases, a special election held in a city, town or school district would have to “be held on one of the following dates: the second Tuesday in February, the second Tuesday in April, the second Tuesday in May, the second Tuesday in August, or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”
Rep. Kelly Fenton (R-Woodbury), who sponsors the bill with Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), successfully offered a delete-all amendment that she said stripped some provisions of the original House bill as necessary to ensure “broad, bipartisan support.”
The House rejected two changes to her amendment. Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins) proposed early voting 15 days ahead of Election Day, replacing the current seven days, while Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth) proposed opt-out automatic voter registration to replace the current opt-in system.
Fenton called the bill “common-sense election reform.” Among several provisions she highlighted, the bill would:
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