Governor Approves Online Voter Registration Bill

The bill was signed into law on April 29, following passage by the Senate on the same day.
(Published May 5, 2014)

The Senate voted 41-24 on April 29 to approve HF 2096, establishing an online voter registration system. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law (Chapter 185) the same day, allowing the system to remain intact following a court district ruling the day before mandating the system to be shut down.

The House had previously passed the bill by an overwhelming margin of 129-2.

Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann ruled that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s earlier establishment of online voter registration was illegal because Mark Ritchie did not have the authority to create the registration tool. The system has been operating since September 2013, and 3,600 voters have registered to vote online.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-Hopkins) and Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport), makes no changes to the current system.

Minnesota joins 19 other states that offer online voter registration.

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