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Election changes signed into law

Published (2/18/2010)
By Patty Ostberg
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A new law will allow major political parties to submit an electronic list to the Office of the Secretary of State with names of eligible voters who can serve as election judges in each election precinct. Previous law didn’t specify the ability to do so electronically.

Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty Feb. 11, the law takes effect Aug. 1, 2010. Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) are its sponsors.

Under the law, “stepchild” and “stepsibling” are added to the list of individuals not qualified to be election judges, if related to any candidate at the election. However, individuals related to one another can serve as election judges in the same precinct if they serve on separate shifts that do not run concurrently.

Additionally, the law authorizes a town that has adopted a November election date to return to the second Tuesday in March as the date of the town general election, and it allows a town with a November general election to adopt a plan providing for a six-year term for town supervisors. 

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