Minnesota’s new online voter registration system must be shut down because it was improperly established, a judge ordered Monday. But the Legislature could quickly turn it back on. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said in his ruling that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was wrong to set it up without legislative permission. He ruled that Ritchie must close the system down by midnight Tuesday. Any registrations previously made through the site will be valid.
A Minnesota task force studying a higher-tech voter verification process leaned away Monday from recommending that electronic poll books be mandatory in every precinct for the 2014 statewide election.
Turnout in Wisconsin’s presidential primary election was just over 23 percent, falling short of predictions it would be 35 percent.
Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota’s Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll.
The head of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association says a GOP request to investigate alleged voter fraud by felons in 2008 is costing prosecutors time and effort with little to show for it.