Posted: 12/15/13 20:24, Edited: 12/15/13 20:24
by Dave Mindeman
I think the reason that voter suppression groups and GOP lawmakers have filed suit against the on-line voter registration initiative is that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is for it.
The GOP "says" they have nothing against the actual process, just that it should stop....
The Minnesota Voters Alliance and Minnesota Majority took Minn. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to court, in an effort to dismantle the online voter registration system he launched in late September.
"At this point the Secretary should just stop, just stop doing online voter registration until this matter is settled," Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority, a conservative policy organization, told KARE after the hearing ended.
....What is at issue is whether the online mechanism for delivering that information is permitted by state law.
That law, explicitly referring to voter registration, was put in place before online registration was even conceived. And we now do a lot of official state business without the person being present ....because we want to.
Ritchie defends the use of the Internet for registration on the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act, passed by the state legislature in the year 2000. The law permits electronic signatures to be substituted for paper signatures when if comes to state business.
What is really foolish about this is that the registration online is the same thing as registration by mail. Same principle, same form, same non-present signature....just without the mailing delay.
I don't know how the judge will rule. He may well stop this type of registration as not being "expressly" allowed by state law.
But even if the judge rules that way, the legislature can still fix this by just passing a bill that says "Yeah, go ahead".
Why are Republicans always fighting voting simplicity and access? If we can make it easier to register and easier to vote - they are simply against it. In all forms.
Why is that? I think you know.