Dayton says online voter registration system should go through Legislature

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2013 - 5:26 AM

An online system to register to vote should have been set up with legislative approval, governor says.

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mchristiOct. 22, 13 9:29 PM

I really don't understand what the issue is here, other than it is apparent that some critics think anything that might make it easier for citizens to vote is problematic. It is simply an electronic version of a paper form one can mail in to register. It should not take an act of the legislature to create electronic and online versions of a form that can be filled in and mailed. Indeed, its something every agency of the government should be creating and putting online for any form that doesn't need to be dealt with in person for some reason. Indeed, it should be a no brainer on the part of government officials.

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donsantiagoOct. 22, 1310:25 PM

Of course this should go through the legislature. Is Ritchie aware of the laws/rules? Just asking. Thought maybe one at his position would know better. Clearly an attempt to stack the deck. Busted....

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sjhuotOct. 23, 1312:03 AM

I think Dayton is right. However, given the repeated attempts by Republicans around the country and in Minnesota to disenfranchise as many potential voters for Democrats as possible, it is hard to be too sorry about it.

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ghutchOct. 23, 1312:26 AM

The lege already authorized online registration. Dayton is just playing to the non-existent (extinct) moderate republicans in a futile effort to appear even handed. Voter suppression is a core value of the new radical right wing and anything that enables voter registration is an anathema to them. Oh well, just another day at the office...Democrats currently running the state can take care of this in a matter of minutes in the next session but watch this mole-hill turn into a mountain of BS spew from the republicans crying buckets of crocodile tears. Should be very entertaining.

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JPetersen3Oct. 23, 13 6:40 AM

The Secretary of State is not a cabinet official. The position is elected by voters and has powers under the state constitution to set the rules for voter registration. The danger of taking independent action as Ritchie did is that if someone opposed to liberal voting rules becomes SOS, he or she could unilaterally undo those registration rules or impose rules intended to make it more difficult or at least confusing to register and cast votes.

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cody1234Oct. 23, 13 7:46 AM

The only change in the registration system that was made to accommodate on line voting, is that the form the voter fills out is on a computer - not a piece of paper. ALL verification processes currently in place remain. Only the input document is different. We have one of the best registration systems in the country. The hue and cry is just opportunists who like to cast doubt and stir the pot.

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cons13Oct. 23, 13 8:05 AM

Disenfranchise voters really? Remember during the last election when Dayton and Ritchie claimed no voter fraud existed? Well here is a recent news release from Florida. The former chief of staff of a Democratic Florida congressman will serve 90 days in jail after admitting to a voter fraud scheme during the 2012 election. WSVN reports Jeffrey Garcia pled guilty Monday to one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges after admitting he illegally requested hundreds of absentee ballots while he was running the campaign for Rep. Joe Garcia, who he is not related to.

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darkcircleOct. 23, 13 8:08 AM

Online registration doesn't require the applicant to physically pull out identification but that doesn't mean there identify isn't being validated by the system. Just like when you vote in person you're required to bring identification, a utility bill or a valid voter registration card, which also requires the voter to show identification at some point in the registration process. Minnesota Republicans believe there are millions of fraudulent voters because of allegations of voter fraud, despite the fact that there are no voter fraud convictions. Once again these Republican superstitions are a smoke screen to change voting requirements to complicate the voting process for Democratic voters. I'm satisfied that Mark Dayton is only solidifying the current voter system and not falling into the Republican scare trap.

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darkcircleOct. 23, 13 8:19 AM

The early post regarding of a Florida voter fraud example proves my point that voter fraud isn't an issue in this state. The issue in this state is a Republican issue with minorities voting Democrat. If you take a close look at the Republican proposal to change voting requirements you'll see that it's deceptive. The voting ballet in 2012 asked voters if they think it should be a requirement for voters to show ID at the booth. But then legislators drafted a bill with completely different changes to the voter system. Changes involved absentee ballots; early and late registration deadlines precinct alterations and countless other changes. Florida, Texas and the southern states might have voter fraud but Minnesota doesn't and that's why the laws aren't going to change.

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avejoeconOct. 23, 13 8:20 AM

I think Dayton is right. However, given the repeated attempts by Republicans around the country and in Minnesota to disenfranchise as many potential voters for Democrats as possible, it is hard to be too sorry about it.------------Funny thing about that. Not one person has ever been denied the right to vote because of any law passed by the republicans. Yet, people still use this "disenfranchised" mantra.

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