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Statement from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Regarding Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al vs. Ritchie, et al
Posted Date: 8/17/2012

Statement from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Regarding
Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al vs. Ritchie, et al

“Today Judge Frank affirmed the constitutionality of same-day voter registration.

Minnesota’s same-day voter registration serves as a model for our nation and, in part, accounts for our consistent top ranking in voter participation among all states. This year alone, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State projects 500,000 eligible voters will use same-day voter registration at the General Election on November 6, 2012. Judge Frank’s decision ensures that these voters, many who will cast votes for the first time, will have their voices heard on Election Day.

This settles the first of two recent challenges to same-day voter registration. The other is the proposed constitutional amendment on elections which, if passed, would eliminate same-day voter registration as we know it. It is now up to the voters to decide the fate of same-day voter registration for Minnesota in November.
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Editor’s Note: To view court ruling click here.