Minn. Republican lawmakers, activists sue Ritchie to block online voter registration

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 4, 2013 - 12:10 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republicans asked a Minnesota court to block a new online voter registration system Monday, saying it was illegally created by the state's Democratic elections chief.

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wisebookNov. 4, 13 4:47 AM

My reading of the statute makes me think he has the power to do it but it does seem like this is something that should go through the legislature. Instead of filing a legal challenge that you are likely going to lose, change the law. Seems like both Democrats and Republicans agree that the legislature should weigh in so it should not be hard to get a bill through.

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ecdoesitNov. 4, 13 5:59 AM

The republican myth of voter fraud wasting time and resources again.

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elmore1Nov. 4, 13 7:26 AM

Ritchie has been a loose cannon from the start. We need a new Sec of State.

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EleanoreNov. 4, 13 7:57 AM

It's a shame that the Governor seems to be allowing partisan politics to get in the way of doing the right thing again. A responsible governor would be issuing an executive order blocking the registrations until the legislature has time to meet and review the process being proposed by the SOS.

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corruptNov. 4, 1311:57 AM

Eleanore, I agree. Governor Dayton has stated that any change to election law should have broad bipartisan support. If the Governor was sincere, he should block this move now.

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checkfactsNov. 4, 1310:26 PM

Everyone needs to stop their deceptive and ignorant comments and try registering people by filling out the paper form. Then try the online form. There is no difference other than the citizen gets to proofread there own data as it is entered. Hand-written forms sometimes have errors, can be hard to read, can be lost by canvassers and even copied by people to generate lists. - Paper forms also contain a complete "original signature", driver's license number and/or the last four digits of the registrant's Social Security number. Online registration not only saves a lot of money, it is much more secure for the voters and the integrity of the records. Great job!, Mr. Secretary of State.

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