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NEWS RELEASE: Secretary of State Requests Public Comments on Rules for Elections, Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program
Posted Date: 6/24/2013

***NEWS RELEASE***

CONTACT: DENNIS SMITH (651) 297-8919

Secretary of State Requests Public Comments on Rules for Elections,
Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program

Comments on Rule Making Open through September 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. — June 24, 2013—The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (OSS) announced today a request for public comment on possible amendments to rules governing elections and voting, as well as the Safe at Home address confidentiality program administered by the office.

Interested persons or groups may submit comments or information on possible rules in writing until 4:30 p.m. on September 3, 2013. The Office of the Secretary of State also requests comments about the “cumulative effect of the rule with other federal and state regulations,” as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 14.131(8).

“The administrative rules need to be updated to reflect changes made to the statutes,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “In addition to providing input on the best way to do this, we are also soliciting input on what other changes, if any, should be made to the rules. The office will review suggestions that are offered as we decide whether to propose any changes beyond those required by recent legislative action.”

On elections and voting, OSS is requesting comment on possible amendment to rules governing voter registration, petitions, absentee ballots, voting system testing, optical scan voting systems, recounts, election judge training program and ballot preparation. Amendments to the rules could affect voters; local election officials and staff; political parties; elected officials and candidates; election equipment manufacturers and vendors; private and county attorneys; and election advocacy groups.

Regarding its Safe at Home address confidentiality program, the OSS seeks comment on applications for and certification of program participants; use of, or restrictions on the use of, the actual or designated address of participants; school records of program participants; and voting by program participants. Amendments to the rules could affect program participants; government offices; private businesses; landlords; law enforcement; and the general public.

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