Online voter registration now available in Minnesota

Minnesotans can now register to vote with a new online system that was unveiled this week on the Minnesota secretary of state’s website.

Anyone registering online at the site will be subject to the same verification as someone registering on paper, said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Online voter registration, already available in 14 other states, is secure and saves taxpayer’s money, Ritchie said.

It’s also more convenient for voters and will reduce errors and save time and money for local election officials, his office said.

Paper applications will still be available for those who don’t want to register online.

The SOS website also now has an easier way for military and overseas voters to get their absentee ballots, eliminating the need to print and scan the ballots before returning them.

Only those with verifiable identification numbers — either driver’s licenses or state IDs, or Social Security numbers — can use the online registration system. Those numbers will then be checked by local election officials using the the state or Social Security system.

Debby Erickson, deputy auditor and elections coordinator for Crow Wing County, and chair of the Elections Committee for the Minnesota Association of County Officers, said in a statement:

“It’s going to significantly reduce the time and associated costs of manual data entry and processing. We’ll have more accurate voter rosters at the polling place.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/27/2013 - 10:58 am.

    Anybody who thinks this is a good idea

    would also support online drivers license renewal. Take my word for it. I promise my vision is as good as required to pass the vision test. And you’ll believe me because you obviously believe in the honor system for such things.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/28/2013 - 08:45 am.

      Try reading the article

      “Anyone registering online at the site will be subject to the same verification as someone registering on paper”.

      This is not an “honor system”. It’s simply a different format for the first step in the same multi-step process that has been in place for a long time.

  2. Submitted by jason myron on 09/28/2013 - 08:15 pm.

    How can that be?

    That the person who accuses everyone else of being “low information” didn’t read the information?

  3. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/30/2013 - 12:17 pm.

    Online Registration

    As an IT guy and a long time election judge, this is a welcome change to the system. Any time you can cut a data entry step out of the system it makes the whole thing cheaper and more efficient as you eliminate typos. People of all political stripes should laud this update as it makes our government cheaper to run.

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