Secretary of State - Election Rulemaking

The proposed amendment to rules of the Minnesota Secretary of State (Minnesota Rules Chapters 8200, 8205, 8210, 8230, 8235, 8240 and 8250) governing  Voter Registration, Petitions, Absentee Ballots, Optical Scan Voting Systems, Recounts, Election Judge Training Program and Ballot Preparation has been assigned to Administrative Law Judge Eric L. Lipman; OAH Docket No. 8-3500-30741.


As part of the rulemaking process, a hearing will be held on January 3, 2014, in St. Paul.  A twenty-calendar-day period has been set for the receipt of written comments regarding the proposed rules post-hearing.  Thus, the initial deadline for the submission of written comments in this rulemaking proceeding is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  After the period for submission of written comments ends, state law provides the Department and all interested persons an additional period of five working days for filing a written response to any comments which were submitted during the initial comment period.  New matters may not be introduced or raised during this five-day rebuttal period.  The five-day rebuttal period will expire at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014.    

Interested members of the public can e-mail, mail, fax, or deliver comments to Judge Lipman concerning the proposed rules.  His address is as follows:


Hon. Eric L. Lipman

Administrative Law Judge

600 North Robert Street

P.O. Box 64620

St. Paul , MN  55164-0620

Fax:  651-361-7936


The Proposed Rules, Notice of Hearing, Statement of Need and Reasonableness, Agency exhibits, public comments, and other documents relating to the proposed rules are now available on the website of the Secretary of State . The information will be updated as further comments are received.