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Rulemaking


About Rulemaking

The legislature often directs state offices to propose rules to implement the statues they are responsible for. Rules provide clarity and uniformity to fill in details that were not necessary to put directly in the statutes.

For example, elections statutes say that the Secretary of State must provide absentee ballot materials, but do not give details on everything that needs to go on those materials. Creating a rule provides clarity and uniformity so that all voters receive the same absentee ballot materials and information when they apply.

Rules must be proposed and approved through a specific process:

  • The office must give notice that they are considering adopting rules and request public comment on what rules should be proposed.
  • The office may propose rules any time after the end of the 60 day comment period but no later than 18 months after the date of the law authorizing the creation of rules.
  • The office must give public notice of what rules they are proposing, and why the office is proposing the rules.
  • The public must be given an opportunity to provide comments to the proposed rules.
  • The office carefully considers all comments when proposing rules.
  • A public hearing may be held on the proposed rules.
  • An Administrative Law Judge will review proposed rules and all public comments to make a final determination on whether the proposed rules are needed and reasonable.

Rulemaking is an important part of the lawmaking process. The office welcomes feedback and participation whenever new rules are proposed. Signup to receive email notifications when rules are being proposed.

View more detailed information about the rule making process.

 

Elections Rulemaking 2015-2016

Proposed Amendments to Permanent Rules Relating to Elections

Including proposed amendments to rules governing elections, including the rules relating to: Voter Registration, Petitions, Absentee Ballots, Optical Scan Voting Systems and Ballot Preparation, Minnesota Rules, Chapters 8200, 8205, 8210, 8230, and 8250; and proposed repeal of and Proposed Repeal of Minnesota Rules, parts 8200.0800; 8210.0600, subpart 2; 8210.0730, subparts 1, 3, and 4; 8230.4360; 8255.0020; and 8255.0025.

Comments received by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

All material related to these proposed amendments are available to request and can also be made available in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, or audio.

To make a request, contact:
Office of the Secretary of State
Julie Strother
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-201-1342
Fax: 651-215-0682
Email: julie.strother@state.mn.us

TTY users may call the Office through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711.


Initial Request for Comments

Including possible amendments to rules governing elections, including the rules relating to: Voter Registration, Petitions, Absentee Ballots, Optical Scan Voting Systems, Recounts, Election Judge Training Program and Ballot Preparation, Minnesota Rules, Chapters 8200, 8205, 8210, 8230, 8235, 8240 and 8250.

The Office of Secretary of State has published a Request for Comments for a possible rulemaking relating to the Administrative Rules governing Elections.  The Office is soliciting input as to whether changes should be made to the Administrative Rules, especially input as to whether any changes should be made beyond those necessary to reflect recent statutory changes.

Please submit any suggestions you or your organization may have on or before August 28, 2015.  While not part of the official rulemaking record, suggestions will be considered by the Office as the Office decides what to include in any proposed amendments to the Rules.

Please see the full Request for Comments for details about the rulemaking process: Request for Comments [PDF]

Written comments, questions and requests for more information on these possible rules should be directed to: Julie Strother, Government Relations Director at the Office of the Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Saint Paul MN 55155, 651-296-9073 (FAX), 651-201-1342 (Office) or julie.strother@state.mn.us. TTY users may call the Office at 711.

 

Safe at Home Rulemaking

Proposed Amendments to Permanent Rules Governing Safe at Home, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 8290

The Office of Secretary of State has begun a rulemaking process related to the Safe at Home program. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 14.366 (2014) requires each agency to maintain a current, public rulemaking docket.

 

Request for Comments

Request for Comments on Rules Governing Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program
Additional Notice Plan Letter to Chief Judge Tammy Pust (Request for Comments on Rules Governing Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program)


Dual Notice

All materials are available to request and can also be made available in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, or audio.

 

To make a request, contact:

Office of the Secretary of State
Julie Strother
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-201-1342
Fax: 651-215-0682
Email: julie.strother@state.mn.us

TTY users may call the Office through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711

 

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