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MACO Elections Committee Minutes
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bloomington Doubletree

  1. Nov. 8, 2011 election recap – notable happenings (school issues, etc)

Anoka County mentioned according to the School District Attorney the elections judges need to go thru background checks as part of the hiring process. The issue of School Districts needing access to SVRS in odd-year elections was raised. According to Beth Fraser, the OSS did not have an expectation that the School Districts would be on SVRS. There was concern raised about the School Districts not being given consistent information about elections, and that the information should be standardized.

  1. LMC Cities discussion – absentee balloting duties

Anne Higgins from LMC mentioned they have adopted some new policies at the league including elections. The cities are a bit upset and concerned about the new absentee voting duties they are facing in 2012 given the cutbacks that they have experienced.

  1. Common Cause – Redistricting issues – Mike Dean

Mike has spent a lot of time trying to engage citizens in redistricting. He will be sending a letter to encouraging us to engage the citizens in the process. Common Cause has a tool available for citizens to draw their own maps. According to Mike, the public is interested in public meetings for feedback. They are trying to prevent litigation. He encouraged us to offer draft maps to share with the public for review and comment.

  1. Update on Government Task Force Meetings – Patty O’Connor & Joe Mansky

There was discussion about felons who either registered to vote or registered and then voted. The Task Force has approached the subject of giving voting rights to those individuals that are not incarcerated. Legislators were in attendance and heard this suggestion, and want to have future discussion. Rather than having the Department of Corrections or Department of Vehicle Services, have the Elections Divisions (County Auditors) notify felons that they cannot register and vote. Once every two years in exchange for relief on investigation and prosecution. How do we deal with the frivolous request from outside groups? May be only felons we send to the Attorneys. Kevin Corbid asked how successful would it be to reach these individuals because they are so mobile? Mailing needs to be forwarded. Long term make change about voters who are not incarcerated. Anoka County mentioned that the challenge on roster not being administered, because election judges are afraid to challenge a felon voters. What about the felons that were not registered and may have the felony from another County? Electronic poll books would help better identify felon voters.

  1. OSS Update for Feb. 7th caucus locations and election judge lists – Gary Poser

The Caucus Location Finder will be live on January 18th; Counties can link to the OSS web site. The OSS will provide locations to us in an Excel format. If no information for a location is available there will be a phone number for the party. The Straw Poll for the Republican and DFL parties will be posted on the OSS web site. The election judge lists will be in separated by precinct by the OSS and sent to counties. The election judge list will be for our county and we can decide how to send to municipalities.

  1. Voter Participation Center mailings

This group is trying to get people registered who are not currently registered to vote. NCOA option on the USPS website that offers a form that does not indicate permanent or temporary move, mail forwarding and mail holding options.

  1. OSS Redistricting testing counties update – Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott, Stearns, Dakota

There was some discussion about the testing process by these counties. The process went well in both Ramsey and Hennepin Counties; however, there were questions, related to if data went through.

The OSS will rename districts and precincts for counties. What format and how do they want it delivered? Hennepin County will email their list. Hennepin is using GIS geo-code for address changes. Will sign-ins be available in SVRS for cities to check their precinct finders? There was concern raised about the volume with all 87 counties on the system and help being limited. There was also concern raised about the OSS making name of precinct and district changes for counties.

  1. Redistricting Q & A

It was recommended providing any redistricting questions to Gary and Beth prior to this Thursday’s session. The deadline for the State redistricting is still February 21, 2012. There will be training available for redistricting tasks in a separate module, similar to the practice module.

  1. Other concerns of members

 

Two members of the Governor’s Task Force, Joe Mansky and Patty O’Connor, mentioned there was a letter and sample map for redistricting sent to the 5-judge panel for them to review, which did not cut the counties more than twice by Senate and House Districts.

Rachel Smith (newly appointed AMCO Election Committee chair) provided a quick summary of items of concern from the AMCO meeting.

  • What is the status of the State working groups?
  • There was concern about the length of time for file uploads on election night to ERS.
  • At the April 4th AMCO meeting there will be a demo of a new online training that Ramsey County is implementing; and a redistricting update.
  • Voting system purchase: are other counties considering? Will there be a State contract on voting equipment? There will be a decision by March 2013 for State Certification testing. It will be useful for Counties to have a State contract.

There is a court ruling on dissemination of data; only public information list is public data. Constitutional Offices got a 3% cut – Oss got a 10% cut. The HAVA money is just sitting there; OSS will go to legislature to ask for money this year and they would like our support. There is still HAVA money available in a grant for operating costs. The OSS mentioned that there was a proposal from the legislature to have all elections in even year November elections. The OSS is trying to get the recount threshold reduced.

Any comments for the MACO position on voter I.D. should be passed along to Patty O’Connor, Debby Erickson or Kevin Corbid.

Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Carol Peterson and seconded by Patty O’Connor.

Attendees:

Cindy Reichert, Anoka County

Stella Higg, Anoka County

Michelle Knutson, Big Stone County

Karen Myers, Blue Earth County

Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth County

Paul Gassert, Carlton County

Kendra Olson, Carver County

Laurie Engelen, Carver County

Sharon Anderson, Cass County

Allen Paulson, Clearwater County

Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota

Debby Erickson, Crow Wing County

Joel Beckman, Dakota County

Kevin Boyle, Dakota County

Char Rosenow, Douglas County

Vicki Doehling, Douglas County

Michael Hoversten, ES & S

Shirl Boelter, Fillmore County

Dennis A. Distad, Freeborn County

JoDee Lestrud, Freeborn County

Pat Martinson, Freeborn County

Rachel Smith, Hennepin County

Susan Hosford, Hennepin County

Tom Ferber, Hennepin County

Terry Treichel, Isanti County

Steve McMahon, Lake County

John W. Hoscheid, Lake of the Woods

Kathy Schreur, Lincoln County

Paula VanOverbeke, Lyon County

Becca Pryse, MACO

Barb Loch, Meeker County

Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs County

Doug Groh, Mower County

Bridgette Kennedy, Nicollet County

Sharon Balster, Nobles County

Pam Fuller, Olmsted County

Beth Fraser, OSS

Kenneth Olson, Pennington County

Joyce Steinhoff, Pipestone County

Donna Quandt, Pope County

Angela Thul, Ramsey County

Joe Mansky, Ramsey County

Megan Haugen , Ramsey County

Cindy Geis, Scott County

Mary Kay Kes, Scott County

Pam Busse, Scott County

Diane Arnold, Sherburne County

Lisa Pfarr, Sibley County

Randy Schreifels, Stearns County

Doug Sunde, Synergy Graphics

Shelly Angen, Synergy Graphics

Denise M. Anderson, Wabasha County

Joyce Oliver, Waseca County

Tammy Wynkoop, Waseca County

Carol Peterson, Washington County

Jennifer Wagenius, Washington County

Kevin Corbid, Washington County

Janel Timm, Yellow Medicine County

 

MACO/AMCO ELECTION ADMINISTRATOR’S COMMITTEE MEETING
SUMMER CONFERENCE
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Rutgers Sugar Lake Lodge
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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CALL TO ORDER:
Co-chairs Dennis Distad and Patty O’Connor called the meeting to order.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Motion by Bridget Kennedy, Nicollet County and seconded by Diane Teff, Anoka County to approve the agenda. Motion passed.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Paul Gassert, Carlton County and seconded by Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs County to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2009 meeting. Motion passed.

SECRETARY OF STATE STAFF:
Gary Poser, Director of Elections SOS was present and reported that much of the 2009 election legislation was vetoed by the governor. Check the websites for legislation that did pass. The US Senate seat has not yet been filled. The SOS is hoping for a 5-0 decision from the State Supreme Court regarding the Senate race. After the decision the 32 precinct review can be held.

Discussion was held regarding the Minnesota Majority Lawsuit. It is unclear why they are filing such a case. Auditors are urged to take a look at their county’s voting history and make sure they feel comfortable explaining any discrepancies.

It was mentioned that reversed posting of voter history basically went well in the last election. The only problem arose when there were comments written on the signature lines that could be mistaken for a signature.

POSSIBLE AUDITOR/ELECTION ADMINISTRATOR BILL 2010 LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY:
Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth County, led discussion on MACO carrying their own election legislation for 2010 that would not be political to avoid opposition from the parties. It was suggested that it be narrowly focused to get needed items passed. Joe Mansky, Ramsey County, prepared the attached list of suggestions.

Patty O’Connor also made an appeal for Election Administrators to testify and show support at the capital when legislation is being presented. She also added that election administrators need to approach their legislators as early as this summer regarding proposed legislation so they are well informed when it is introduced.

SEMI ROUND TABLE OPEN DISCUSSION:
Discussion was held on what was learned from the 2008 election and senate recount and also on what can be done administratively to be more consistent and uniform between counties. It was suggested that the Election Committee meet this fall to establish best practices that could be presented during trainings. In spite of the close senate race, counties felt last November’s election was very successful.

ADJOURN:
Motion by Karen Myers, Blue Earth County and seconded by May Kay Kes, Scott County to adjourn. Motion passed.

 

 

MACO/AMCO Election Administrator’s Committee Meeting
MACO Conference
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sheraton Bloomington
Bloomington, MN

CALL TO ORDER:
Co-chairs Dennis Distad and Patty O’Connor called the meeting to order.

INTRODUCTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING IN ATTENDANCE:


Dennis A. Distad, Freeborn
Michelle Knutson, Big Stone

Pat Martinson, Freeborn
Bridgette Kennedy, Nicollet

Nicole Clotfelter, Freeborn
Shelly Angen, Synergy Graphics

Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin
Doug Sunde, Synergy Graphics

Terry Treichel, Isanti
Paula VanOverbeke, Lyon

Gary Poser, OSS
Melissa Benoy, Washington

Beth Fraser, OSS
Pat Gillen, Washington

Mark Ritchie, SOS
Joyce Steinhoff, Pipestone

Sharon Balster, Nobles
Steve McMahon, Lake

Paul Gassert, Carlton
Christina Tvedten, Ramsey

Karen Myers, Blue Earth
Susan Hosford, Anoka

Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs
Diane Arnold, Sherburne

Mary Kay Kes, Scott
Marlin Helget, Brown

Rachel Smith, Anoka
Kathy Schreurs, Lincoln

Joe Mansky, Ramsey
Doug Groh, Mower

Kevin Boyle, Dakota
Joel Beckmann, Dakota

Carol Peterson, Washington
Sharon Anderson, Cass

Diane Teff, Anoka
Lisa Pfarr, Sibley

Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth
Laurie Engelen, Carver

Michael Hoversten, ES&S
Sharon Mitchell, Carver

Kendra Olson, Carver

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Motion by Terry Treichel, Isanti County and seconded by Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin County to approve the agenda. Motion passed.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin County and seconded by Sharon Anderson, Cass County to approve the minute of the June 17, 2008 meeting. Motion passed.

UPDATE ON JOINT MEETING WITH LEAGUE OF CITIES – DECEMBER 19, 2008
Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth County reported that this meeting was successful with much consensus regarding potential topics for legislation especially within the area of recounts.

Discussion was held on MACO and League of Cities carrying joint legislation. It was determined that the SOS, MACO and the LMC would meet and put together items that are agreed upon for possible legislation going forward.

UPDATE ON SENATE RECOUNT:
Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State extended a thank you to all in attendance for the work that was put into the statewide senate recount and added his thoughts that the recount will end when the court ends it.


POTENTIAL ELECTIONS LEGISLATION FOR 2009:
Secretary Ritchie, Gary Poser and Beth Fraser of the OSS presented a list of potential elections legislation for 2009.

ADJOURN:
Motion by Karen Myers, Blue Earth County and seconded by Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin County to adjourn. Motion passed.

 

MACO Election Administrator’s Committee Meeting
June 17, 2008
Fair Hills Resort, Detroit Lakes, MN
Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:
Co-chairs Dennis Distad and Patty O’Connor called the meeting to order.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Motion by Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin County and seconded by Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth County to approve the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs County and seconded by Diane Teff, Anoka County to approve the minutes from the January 15, 2008 meeting. Motion passed.

INTRODUCTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING IN ATTENDANCE:

Dennis Distad, Freeborn
Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs

Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth
Joan Manthe, Waseca

Karen Myers, Blue Earth
Jerry Leisen, Wabasha

Mary Kay Kes, Scott
Kathy Schreurs, Lincoln

Diane Teff, Anoka
Bridgette Kennedy, Nicollet

Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin
Shelly Angen, Synergy Graphics

Kevin Boyle, Dakota
Doug Sunde, Synergy Graphics

Andy Lokken, OSS
Doug Groh, Mower

Debby Erickson, Crow Wing
Bob Closser, Blue Earth

Gary Poser, OSS
Pat Martinson, Freeborn

Beth Fraser, OSS
Lois Bonde, Yellow Medicine

Laura Ihrke, Steele
Jean Price, Redwood

BALLOT RULES, STATUTES AND TEST DECKS:
A presentation was given by Andy Lokken of the OSS, Diane Teff of Anoka County and Doug Sunde of Synergy Graphics to review current ballot rules and statutes with proposed 8250 Rules for 2009 legislation. The purpose of the proposed legislation is to consolidate rules from paper hand count to optical scan ballots and will remove redundancy while adding consistency. It was brought to the committee for review and input. Copies are attached. Discussion was held.

Motion by Karen Myers, Blue Earth County and seconded by Mary Kay Kes, Scott County to accept presented proposed changes to the Legislature in 2009. Motion passed.

PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE ITEMS – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
The committee reviewed their proposed 2009 legislative issues. Gary Poser and Beth Fraser addressed the group. They did not have solid ideas at the time for 2009 legislative issues and would like ideas from Election Administrators for proposed legislation.

The committee compiled the following list of topics for proposed election legislation for 2009;

  1. Prohibit special elections between Christmas and New Year and within a short period of time from a state holiday.
  2. Require the cost of OAH complaints to be paid by the jurisdiction for which the election is involved.
  3. Move the state primary to the Tuesday following the first Monday in August, beginning in 2010.
  4. Establish a process for applying for HAVA funds from the secretary of state to purchase new voting equipment; extend the availability of the HAVA appropriation to June 30, 2011.
  5. Uniform filing dates
  6. Government issued driver’s license
  7. Political parties use large/standard absentee application form
  8. Remove requirement for the state to provide a UOCAVA application – use federal application.

SURVEY DISCUSSION COMMITTEE:
Discussion was held on forming a committee to compile answers to surveys that are sent to Election Administrators throughout the state. The following survey committee was proposed:

Patty O’Connor Blue Earth
Michelle DesJardin Hennepin
Kurt Hoffman Hennepin
Joe Mansky Ramsey
Mary Kay Kes Scott
Karen Myers Blue Earth
Dennis Distad Freeborn

RANK CHOICE VOTING:
An update was given on rank choice voting. It will be on the ballot for St. Paul and could possibly show up at the next legislative session.

BOARD MEMBER ITEMS:
A discussion was held on the size of the MACO Election Committee and whether it was becoming too large in terms of membership.

Motion by Karen Myers, Blue Earth County and seconded by Jerry Leisen, Wabasha County that the committee is a good size and cross section of representation. Motion passed.

NEXT MEETING DATE:
Next meeting date is to be announced.

ADJOURN:

Motion by Jerry Leisen, Wabasha County and seconded by Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin County to adjourn. Motion passed.

 

MACO Election Administrator’s Committee Meeting
January 15, 2008
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, Minnetonka, MN

CALL TO ORDER:
Co-chairs Dennis Distad and Patty O’Connor called the meeting to order.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Michelle Desjardin, Hennepin County and seconded by Sharon Anderson, Cass County to approve the minutes from the July 24, 2007 meeting. Motion passed.

INTRODUCTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING IN ATTENDANCE:

Dennis A. Distad, Freeborn
Jerry Leisen, Wabasha

Joe Mansky, Ramsey
Debby Erickson, Crow Wing

Pam Fuller, Olmsted
John W. Hoscheid, Lake of the Woods

Michelle Desjardin, Hennepin
Diane Teff, Anoka

Kevin Boyle, Dakota
Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs

Kirk Peysar, Aitkin
Mary Kay Kes, Scott

Judy Wertheimer, Washington
Karen Myers, Blue Earth

Pat Gillen, Washington
Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth

Melissa Benoy, Washington
Rachel Smith, Anoka

Gary Poser, OSS
Christina Tvedten, Ramsey

Beth Fraser, OSS
Susan Hosford, Anoka

Carol Peterson, Washington
Kurt Hoffman, Hennepin

Bob Peterson, Koochiching
Linda Drellack, Dakota

Sharon Anderson, Cass
Diane Arnold, Sherburne

Paul Gassert, Carlton
Sue Richards, Sherburne

Pat Martinson, Freeborn
Doug Groh, Mower

Mark Krupski, Olmsted
Joyce Steinhoff, Pipestone

Michael Hoversten, ES&S
Doug Sunde, Synergy Graphics

Tom Reddick, Douglas
Shelly Angen, Synergy Graphics

Karen Flier, Cass
Kevin Corbid, Washington

Jean Bierbaum, Hennepin
Lisa Pharr, Sibley

Margaret Mead, Hennepin
Michelle Knutson, Big Stone

Scott Simmons, AMC
Kathy Schreurs, Lincoln

OSS - GARY POSER AND BETH FRASER:
Gary Poser and Beth Fraser addressed the group. They spoke about the 2008 Legislative Agenda including:

  • Agreement from 2007 package hope to pass early in session
  • UOCAVA in separate bill with ability to e-mail ballot out, voter prints, marks and mails back
  • Township AutoMark issue
  • Automatic Registration proposal try again in 2009
  • Non Partisan election judges

They are also in the process of updating rules:

  • Voter registration application
  • Absentee ballot materials
  • Expanding and clarifying proofs of election day registration
  • Forms used on election day

It is now the 30 day comment period. Comments should be submitted, after which a hearing will be held that is open to the public. They are hoping the approval process will be finished in late March or early April. The MACO Election Committee is in favor of the rules.

The caucus date has been moved to February 5, 2008 which is outside the statute date. The OSS does not have any enforcement authority over the date but will help to ensure voters may attend. The OSS recommends following the March 4th meeting prohibitions. They are putting caucus dates and locations from the political parties on their website with links.

SPECIAL ELECTIONS:
A discussion was held on Special Elections and the problems that occurred at Scott County District 25 and Wabasha County District 28B with poll watching and challenges. The OSS would like to add a portion on the challenge process in the election judge training materials to ensure judges understand the exact poll watching process.

EAC HAVA STANDARDS BOARD MEETING:
Sharon Anderson, Cass County and Gary Poser, OSS represented Minnesota at the HAVA Standards Board Meeting held in Texas in December, 2007. The HAVA Standards Board passed several resolutions on recommendations. Please see report which is attached. The comment period is over the end of February.

2008 ELECTION:
Discussion was held on the 2008 Election.

  • Should be a big turnout, counties planning to order extra ballots
  • OSS training is tentatively set for June 10 and 11 at a central Minnesota location
  • Voter registration outreach is being explored by counties and the OSS
  • Election judge outreach – hope to get legislation passed to allow nonpartisan judges
  • Several ideas on training were discussed including a OSS workgroup on election training

RANK CHOICE VOTING:
The OSS is facilitating a discussion group on identifying potential conflicts with and changes that may need to be made to current statutes. The OSS will be coming forward with legislation in time. There is also a technical group looking at equipment and requirements.

NEXT MEETING DATE:
Next meeting date to be announced.

ADJOURN:
Motion by Karen Myers, Blue Earth County and seconded by Jerry Leisen, Wabasha County to adjourn. Motion passed.

 


 

MACO Election
Committee Meeting
July 24, 2007
Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN

CALL TO ORDER:
Co-chairs Dennis Distad and Patty O’Connor called the meeting to order.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Motion made by Kirk Peysar and seconded by Diane Teff to approval the agenda. Motion passed.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion made by Sharon Anderson and seconded by Michelle DesJardin to approve the minutes from the March 28, 2007 meeting. Motion passed.

INTRODUCTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING IN ATTENDANCE:

Dennis A. Distad, Freeborn
Lisa Pfarr, Sibley

Pat Martinson, Freeborn
Jim Bystrom, Hennepin

Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth
Kurt Hoffman, Hennepin

Karen Myers, Blue Earth
Kevin Boyle, Dakota

Beth Fraser, SOS
Pete Johnson, Houston

Gary Poser, SOS
Shirl Boelter, Fillmore

Tom Durand, SOS
Doug Groh, Mower

Sharon Anderson, Cass
Larry Jacobs, Renville

Rachel Smith, Anoka
Susan Hosford, Anoka

Sharon Balster, Nobles
Michael Hoversten, ESS

Kirk Peysar, Aitkein
Steve McMahon, Lake

Phil Thompson, Mille Lacs
Joyce Steinhoff, Pipestone

Mary Kay Kes, Scott
Bob Peterson, Koochiching

Diane Teff, Anoka
Terry Treichel, Isanti

Michelle DesJardin, Hennepin
Debby Erickson, Crow Wing

Michelle Knutson, Big Stone

SOS - GARY POSER AND BETH FRASER:
Gary Poser and Beth Fraser addressed the group. They will be holding training on Thursday of the conference. The training will serve as a two hour election administration training certification. Topics to be discussed are 21st Century (Automatic) Registration, legislation, request for comments on rules for voter registration and absentees, 2006 Performance Audit Report, UOCAVA absentees, SVRS version 2.4 release, 2008 precinct caucus dates, Safe At Home Program, Ranked Choice Voting and the satisfaction survey of Help Desk and Election Division support.

Automatic Voter Registration, now called 21st Century Voter Registration, is the top priority for the SOS in terms of legislation for a special session or the next regular session of the legislature. The proposal has two parts:

  1. All Minnesotans who are eligible to vote and renew or obtain new driver’s licenses or state ID cards will be automatically registered to vote, unless they opt out.
  2. The secretary of State must obtain change of address information filed with the postal service to enable automatic updates of voters’ addresses when they move.

Most of the concern around this proposal is with the driver’s license piece. The SOS passed out statistics for each county in regards to the number of same day registrants and the number who just used driver’s license to register. They would also like information in regards to how long it takes staff to enter a voter registration application and wages of such staff. Counties are urged to talk to their legislators in support of the legislation due to large time and money savings.

Other legislation still being pursued is the Military Voting bill, Election Administration bill, Housekeeping bill, Non-partisan Election Judges and the Absentee Ballot bill. The SOS hopes to pass these in either a special session or early next session. They would not want controversial items pushed in an election year that would be difficult to implement.

Rule changes being considered are proofs allowed for same day registration, voter registration application, absentee balloting materials and changes to forms used on or before Election Day. Counties are urged to contact Beth Fraser at the SOS with suggestions or comments.

Under township election issues state law now requires the use of Automarks in local elections occurring after December 31, 2007. This would require townships to use them in upcoming March elections unless they have passed a resolution to hold their elections in November. An exemption from this requirement is still being pursued, although there are no provisions in current law to move back to elections in March from November if an exemption should be passed. Some of the same issues apply for special school district elections.

Ranked Choice Voting was also discussed. The city of Minneapolis passed a question to eliminate the primary election and have one election using this method of voting. This will begin in 2009 if equipment is in place. If not, it will be implemented later. A group of interested parties are meeting with the SOS to look at procedures and reviewing statutes and rules to allow this type of election.

The Safe at Home Program which is an address confidentiality program was passed by the legislature and comes into affect September 1, 2007. An individual may sign up for ongoing absentee status but will not be put into the voter registration system. The SOS will be issuing temporary emergency rules to implement this legislation.

The SOS is also researching the possibility of adding the Tennessen Warning to voter registration applications due to legislation regarding SS#’s being private data.

DISCUSSION OF 2008 LEGISLATION:
Motion by Karen Myers seconded by Rachel Smith to keep the same Legislative Platform for 2008 as was supported in 2007 making the top priority the 21st Century (Automatic) Registration piece and with the addition of acceptance of withdrawals being submitted by fax. Motion passed.

OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS:
Rachel Smith of Anoka is helping the U of M develop curriculum for a new program called "Minnesota Program for Excellence in Election Administration”. Those in attendance filled out a survey for feedback on what people would like to see offered in this type of training. This would be an accreditation program for election staff in the state and bring attention to Minnesota as a leader in the field.

NEXT MEETING:
Next meeting date to be announced.

ADJOURN:
Motion made by Karen Myers and seconded by Rachel Smith to adjourn. Motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

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