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New elections provisions (new law)

Published (5/16/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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A wide variety of elections provisions are included in a new law signed May 8 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Sponsored by Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr. (DFL-Winona) and Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope), the law includes provisions that, among other things:

require the governor to call for a special election within five days after a legislative vacancy occurs, with a special election to be held no more than 35 days thereafter;

provide that a candidate must file no later than 14 days before a special primary;

provide that standard recount laws apply to a special primary or election;

permit existing voter registration applications to be used, without alteration, until they are gone;

give school boards permission to decide whether to hold a primary election;

modify the deadline for candidates to file for school board elections; and

allow school district elections to be conducted via an approved electronic voting system.

The majority of the provisions are effective June 1, 2008.


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