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Electronic Roster Task Force 2013

The Electronic Roster Task Force was established in the 2013 Elections Omnibus bill and signed into law in May 2013. The group will hold its next public meeting on September 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the State Office Building, Room 10. The Office of the Secretary of State will convene the meetings, and the Legislative Coordinating Commission will provide staff to facilitate the work of the task force.

The Electronic Roster Task Force is responsible for researching issues related to:

  • Electronic roster technology
  • Data security
  • Reliability of data from other state departments
  • Photograph use with the roster
  • Ability of precincts across the state to securely connect to the electronic roster
  • Direct and indirect costs associated with using electronic rosters.

The 15-member task force must submit a report summarizing its findings and listing recommendations for the implementation of electronic rosters statewide by January 31, 2014, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the Elections Committees in the Legislature.

Membership will consist of elections officials and staff from local governments, state departments and the Legislature. The governor has authority to appoint three individuals: two election judges and one person familiar with electronic roster technology. No member may represent, nor have a financial interest in, a specific vendor of the technology.

For details on the task force’s responsibilities and membership, see Chapter 131, Article 4, Section 2.

Electronic Roster Pilot Project

In conjunction with the Electronic Roster Task Force, an Electronic Roster Pilot Project will be conducted to explore the use of electronic rosters in conducting elections. Jurisdictions participating in the project may use electronic rosters to process Election Day-registration, to verify the registration status of preregistered voters, or both.

Participating cities:

  • Dilworth
  • Minnetonka
  • Moorhead
  • Saint Anthony
  • Saint Paul

The Office of the Secretary of State will evaluate the pilot project and report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the Elections Committees in the Legislature by January 31, 2014. For details on the pilot project, see Chapter 131, Article 4, Section 1.

Last updated: 11/15/2013 4:15:37 PM