Electronic Roster Task Force Releases Final Recommendations

The first recommendation is that the state pay for an additional study to be conducted during the 2014 general election.
(Published Feb 18, 2014)

The Electronic Roster Task Force, established by the 2013 Legislature, made several recommendations in its final report released on Jan. 31.

The 15-member task force—mandated by the 2013 omnibus elections bill—was charged with examining the potential for use of electronic rosters in Minnesota. Electronic rosters are an electronic version of the paper polling place roster.

The Legislature also authorized a 2013 electronic roster pilot project to explore the use of electronic rosters in conducting elections. Jurisdictions participating in the project could use electronic rosters to process Election Day registrations, to verify the registration status of preregistered voters, or both. The electronic roster pilot project occurred in five cities (St. Paul, Minnetonka, Dilworth, St. Anthony, and Moorhead) across three counties.

The task force recommended the following in its final report:

  • The Legislature should authorize a study to be conducted during the 2014 general election.
  • The Legislature should appropriate funds to offset the costs of the 2014 electronic roster study for local election officials.
  • Minimum functionality requirements should be set for the electronic rosters used in the 2014 study and for any other electronic rosters.
  • Minimum data security requirements should be set for electronic rosters.
  • No photos should be used in electronic rosters at this time.
  • The Legislature should appropriate funds to provide for a formal evaluation of the 2014 electronic roster study.

Although the task force recommends an additional study for the 2014 election, the task force notes that nothing prevents a jurisdiction from using electronic rosters so long as the electronic rosters comply with Minnesota law.

Draft legislation outlining the 2014 electronic roster study identifies the following cities that may have precincts participate in the study: Baxter, Brainerd, Dilworth, Eagan, Lakeville, Mankato, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Moorhead, St. Anthony, and St. Paul.

The League of Minnesota Cities would like to thank our appointee to the task force, Minnetonka City Clerk David Maeda, for representing our member cities on the task force.

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