1.1.................... moves to amend S.F. No. 1218, the second engrossment, as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.3    "Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.17, is amended to read:
1.5    Subdivision 1. Submission of application. (a) An application for absentee ballots
1.6for a voter described in section 203B.16 may be submitted in writing or by electronic
1.7facsimile device, or by electronic mail upon determination by the secretary of state that
1.8security concerns have been adequately addressed. An application for absentee ballots
1.9for a voter described in section 203B.16 may be submitted by that voter or by that voter's
1.10parent, spouse, sister, brother, or child over the age of 18 years. For purposes of an
1.11application under this subdivision, a person's Social Security number, no matter how it
1.12is designated, qualifies as the person's military identification number if the person is
1.13in the military.
1.14    (b) An application for a voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 1, shall be
1.15submitted to the county auditor of the county where the voter maintains residence.
1.16    (c) An application for a voter described in section 203B.16, subdivision 2, shall be
1.17submitted to the county auditor of the county where the voter last maintained residence
1.18in Minnesota.
1.19    (d) An application for absentee ballots shall be valid for any primary, special
1.20primary, general election, or special election from the time the application is received
1.21through the next two regularly scheduled general elections for federal office held after the
1.22date on which the application is received.
1.23    (e) There shall be no limitation of time for filing and receiving applications for
1.24ballots under sections 203B.16 to 203B.27.
1.25    Subd. 2. Required information. An application shall be accepted if it contains the
1.26following information stated under oath:
2.1    (a) the voter's name, birthdate, and present address of residence in Minnesota, or
2.2former address of residence in Minnesota if the voter is living permanently outside the
2.3United States;
2.4    (b) a statement indicating that the voter is in the military, or is the spouse or
2.5dependent of an individual serving in the military, or is temporarily outside the territorial
2.6limits of the United States, or is living permanently outside the territorial limits of the
2.7United States and voting under federal law;
2.8    (c) a statement that the voter expects to be absent from the precinct at the time
2.9of the election;
2.10    (d) the address to which absentee ballots are to be mailed;
2.11    (e) the voter's signature or the signature and relationship of the individual authorized
2.12to apply on the voter's behalf; and
2.13    (f) the voter's military identification card number, passport number, or, if the voter
2.14does not have a valid passport or identification card, the signed statement of an individual
2.15authorized to administer oaths or a commissioned or noncommissioned officer of the
2.16military not below the rank of sergeant or its equivalent, certifying that the voter or other
2.17individual requesting absentee ballots has attested to the truthfulness of the contents of
2.18the application under oath.
2.19    The oath taken must be the standard oath prescribed by section 101(b)(7) of the
2.20Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
2.21    A form for providing this information shall be prepared by each county auditor and
2.22shall be furnished to individuals who request it pursuant to this section.

2.23    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.24    Subdivision 1. Form. Absentee ballots under sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 shall
2.25conform to the requirements of the Minnesota Election Law, except that modifications
2.26in the size or form of ballots or envelopes may be made if necessary to satisfy the
2.27requirements of the United States postal service. The return envelope must be designed in
2.28one of the following ways:
2.29    (1) it must be of sufficient size to contain an additional envelope that when sealed,
2.30conceals the signature, identification, and other information; or
2.31    (2) it must provide an additional flap that when sealed, conceals the signature,
2.32identification, and other information.
2.33The flap or the additional envelope must be perforated to permit election officials to
2.34inspect the returned certificate for completeness or to ascertain other information at any
3.1time after receiving the returned ballot without opening the return envelope. Absentee
3.2ballots sent electronically to persons in the military are not required to include envelopes.

3.3    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.21, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
3.4    Subd. 2. Mailing of ballots; return. Except for ballots and instructions delivered
3.5electronically in accordance with section 203B.225, ballots and instructions for marking
3.6them, ballot envelopes, and return envelopes shall be sent by first class mail to addresses
3.7within the continental United States and by air mail to addresses outside the continental
3.8United States. The ballot envelope and return envelope shall be marked "Official Ballot,"
3.9and shall contain sufficient postage to assure proper return delivery. The return envelope
3.10shall be addressed to comply with any method for return of absentee ballots as authorized
3.11under section 203B.08, subdivision 2.

3.12    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.22, is amended to read:
3.14    The county auditor shall mail deliver the appropriate absentee ballots, as promptly as
3.15possible, to an absent voter whose application has been recorded under section 203B.19.
3.16If the county auditor determines that a voter is not eligible to vote at the primary but will
3.17be eligible to vote at the general election, only general election ballots shall be mailed.
3.18Only one set of ballots shall be mailed delivered to any applicant for any election. Ballots
3.19to be sent outside the United States shall be given priority in mailing delivery. Except
3.20for absentee ballots sent to military personnel electronically in accordance with section
3.21203B.225, delivery must be made by mail. A county auditor may make use of any special
3.22service provided by the United States government for the mailing of voting materials
3.23under sections 203B.16 to 203B.27.

3.26    Subdivision 1. Transmitting ballot and voter certification. Upon receipt of an
3.27application from a person in the military under section 203B.17 for electronic transmission
3.28of ballots, instructions, an affidavit form, and certification of voter eligibility provided
3.29in section 203B.21, subdivision 3, the county auditor shall electronically transmit the
3.30requested documents to the voter.
3.31    Subd. 2. Returning voted ballots. The voter must return the voted ballots and the
3.32certificate of voter eligibility to the county auditor in a sealed envelope. The auditor
3.33shall provide instructions for the completion of an envelope for returning the completed
3.34ballot but shall not require the use of the envelope provided to other absentee voters.
4.1Upon receipt of a ballot, the county auditor shall compare the information provided on
4.2the absentee ballot application with the information provided on the certificate of voter
4.3eligibility. After the information on the certificate of voter eligibility has been verified,
4.4the vote marked on the ballot must be transferred to a duplicate ballot in the manner
4.5provided for in section 206.86, subdivision 5, and sealed in a ballot secrecy envelope. The
4.6certificate of voter eligibility must be attached to the ballot secrecy envelope and placed
4.7with the other absentee ballots for the precinct in which the voter resides.
4.8    Subd. 3. Rejecting transmitted ballots. If the county auditor cannot verify that the
4.9ballots were returned by the same person to whom the absentee ballot application was
4.10submitted, the ballots must be rejected and no votes on the ballot may be counted.

4.11    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.24, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
4.12    Subdivision 1. Check of voter eligibility; proper execution of affidavit. Upon
4.13receipt of an absentee ballot returned as provided in sections 203B.16 to 203B.27, the
4.14election judges shall compare the voter's name with the names appearing on their copy of
4.15the application records to insure that the ballot is from a voter eligible to cast an absentee
4.16ballot under sections 203B.16 to 203B.27. The election judges shall mark the return
4.17envelope "Accepted" and initial or sign the return envelope below the word "Accepted" if
4.18the election judges are satisfied that:
4.19    (1) the voter's name on the return envelope appears in substantially the same form as
4.20on the application records provided to the election judges by the county auditor;
4.21    (2) the voter has signed the federal oath prescribed pursuant to section 705(b)(2) of
4.22the Help America Vote Act, Public Law 107-252;
4.23    (3) the voter has set forth the voter's military identification number or passport
4.24number or, if those numbers do not appear no passport number is listed, a person
4.25authorized to administer oaths under federal law or the law of the place where the oath
4.26was administered or a witness who is military personnel with a rank at or above the rank
4.27of sergeant or its equivalent has signed the ballot; and
4.28    (4) the voter has not already voted at that election, either in person or by absentee
4.30    An absentee ballot case pursuant to sections 203B.16 to 203B.27 may only be
4.31rejected for the lack of one of clauses (1) to (4). In particular, failure to place the ballot
4.32within the security envelope before placing it in the outer white envelope is not a reason to
4.33reject an absentee ballot.
4.34    Election judges must note the reason for rejection on the back of the envelope in the
4.35space provided for that purpose.
5.1    Failure to return unused ballots shall not invalidate a marked ballot, but a ballot
5.2shall not be counted if the affidavit on the return envelope is not properly executed. In
5.3all other respects the provisions of the Minnesota Election Law governing deposit and
5.4counting of ballots shall apply."
5.5Amend the title accordingly