Elections & Rules Committee Agenda
Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 17, 2014 – 9:45 a.m.
Room 317, City Hall
Members Present: Council Members Jacob Frey (Chair), Kevin Reich, Cam Gordon, Blong Yang, Lisa Goodman, Elizabeth Glidden, Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender, John Quincy, Andrew Johnson, and Linea Palmisano
Members Absent: Council Members Barbara Johnson and Abdi Warsame
Council Committee Coordinator: Peggy Menshek 612-673-2287
City Clerk’s Office
1. Extended Absentee Voter Service Hours:
a) Authorize extended service hours for in-person absentee voters during the two-week period prior to the 2014 General Election;
b) Authorize the Director of Elections and Voter Services to schedule additional staff hours to serve in-person absentee voters as needed; and
c) Direct staff to report back to the Elections & Rules Committee after the 2014 General Election with details about the actual impact of extended in-person absentee hours to determine if and how in-person absentee voting hours should be managed, including both policy and operational issues or recommendations for application in future elections.
Action Taken: Approved, as amended, to extend in-person absentee voter service hours as follows:
· Increase service hours each weekday during the two-week period leading to the General Election from 7 am to 6 pm, which corresponds with plans identified by Hennepin County for service hours;
· Retain existing service hours on the two Saturdays immediately prior to the General Election, from 9 am to 4 pm; and
· Add service hours on the two Sundays immediately prior to the General Election, from Noon to
4 pm 5 pm
Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to MN Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05
Committee actions will be referred to the next Council Meeting: September 19, 2014
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Last updated Sep 17, 2014