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Voting equipment grants

Published (6/1/2010)
By Patty Ostberg
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Grants to counties for voting and vote-counting equipment are included in a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Swails (DFL-Woodbury) and Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport), the law updates the options for counties to replace voting equipment with assistive voting, vote-counting and optical scan equipment. This is effective May 28, 2010.

Two grants totaling $2.4 million from the Help America Vote Act account are included in the law to help counties defray costs.

The law includes technical language for claiming interest or liens on lands and raises the filing fee from “15 cents for each folio” to $50. This section is effective Aug. 1, 2010.

HF2755/ SF2629*/CH379

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