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No-excuse absentee voting, vacancies in nomination, and reduction in number of “vouchees” are among the most notable changes.
(Published May 28, 2013)
Though the omnibus elections bills moving through the House and the Senate this session were very different in both their language and potential controversy, one thing remained the same: the final product needed bipartisan support to be signed into law.
The House bill (HF 894), authored by Rep. Steve Simon, moved through the committee process with votes from both parties. The Senate bill (SF 677), authored by Sen. Katie Sieben, passed with little bipartisan support through much of the process. This was due, in no small part, to the inclusion of early voting, which has faced significant opposition.
When the full Senate took action on SF 677 in the final weeks of session, Sen. Sieben offered an amendment during debate on the Senate floor stripping all of the controversial elements of the bill. The House companion, had passed a few days prior with bipartisan support and during the conference committee, nearly all of that language was adopted for the conference committee report.
The report passed both the House 85-49 and the Senate 56-9 with significant bipartisan support, and Gov. Dayton signed it into law on May 23.
Chapter 131 includes several technical changes and new provisions to election law. The following are some of the provisions that are more relevant to cities:
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