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Karl-Christian Johannessen May 14, 2020

Towns May Designate a New Polling Place by July 1st, 2020

Townships may designate their polling place for the 2020 August State Primary Elections and the 2020 November Election by July 1st. Usually, Minnesota Statutes section 204b.16 requires that townships designate their polling place by December 31st of the previous year, except for limited circumstances that requires a change. The Minnesota Legislature, due to COVID-19, passed Laws 2020, ch. 77, § 2, subdivision 2(1), extending the designation time frame for townships, allowing the designation to be done by July 1st, 2020. The full text can be found here.

It would be prudent for most townships to reexamine their polling places and determine whether it would be wise to designate the polling place somewhere else. The town should mostly consider whether the current polling place (1) provides adequate space to social distance, and (2) will be open for use as a polling place in the upcoming election.

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