A vote is set for today (TUE) in the Minnesota Senate on a bill that would authorize online voter registration. It comes the day after a judge ordered Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to shut down an already-operating website, saying Ritchie lacked the statutory authority to create it. Ritchie says he respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision and looks forward to the legislature making online voter registration permanent. A bill has already passed the Minnesota House. If approved by the Senate today, and signed by Governor Dayton immediately, there could be little or no lapse in availability. Some 3,600 people have used the tool to register to vote or update an existing registration since Ritchie launched it in September. Minnesota is one of 18 states that have allowed online registration.
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