A Web site where people can register to vote in Minnesota is undergoing scrutiny in court. A Ramsey County District judge was hearing a lawsuit Friday on the online sign-up tool launched in September by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
A lawsuit contesting a new, Internet-based system for voter registration should be dismissed because plaintiffs lack standing to sue, attorneys for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie argued Wednesday.
Top Republican legislators want an independent review of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s move to allow online voter registration. Four prominent GOP lawmakers accuse Ritchie of using “dubious authority” to set up the system without explicit legislative permission.
Minnesota can now register to vote from their computers or other remote devices, giving them an alternative to filling out a paper form. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office announced the launch of the online voter registration system on Thursday.
A new study ranks Minnesota near the top for the way it handles its elections. All 50 states were ranked by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Minnesota voters who don’t want to bring ID or other documentation on Election Day face a Tuesday deadline to pre-register to vote.