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Election Integrity Task Force Delivers Second Report and Recommendations to Governor Dayton
St. Paul – January 15, 2013 – The Election Integrity Task Force delivered its Second Report and Recommendations to Governor Mark Dayton. The fifteen-member task force studied ways to protect citizens’ right to vote while modernizing Minnesota’s voter registration and polling place management systems. The report includes recommendations about voting rights restoration of those convicted of felonies, and electronic poll books. Task Force has consistently worked toward a consensus for its recommendations, and this Second Report maintains that consensus.
“I want to thank Governor Dayton for appointing me to this important task force and allowing me the opportunity to meet and work with so many election experts and the Task Force’s four legislators to find best practices for Minnesota’s election system,” said Joe Nuñez, Task Force Co-Chair. “This report achieved unanimous acceptance among the Task Force members, in keeping with our efforts to keep our discussions and considerations non-partisan and to achieve consensus on our recommendations.”
The Task Force looked at other state laws regarding the issue of voting rights restoration for those who have been convicted of felonies. After much study and deliberation, it recommended that the legislature include the North Dakota Model in its discussion of options. Under North Dakota law, voting rights are restored to those who have been convicted of felonies when they are no longer incarcerated.
In addition, the Task Force recommends the use of electronic poll books to streamline Minnesota’s election system while protecting the right to vote. It asks the legislature to enact enabling legislation providing funding to implement an electronic poll book system in Minnesota.
“I want to thank all of the members of the Election Integrity Task Force for their hard work over the past eighteen months to help further improve Minnesota’s best-in-the-nation election system, and I look forward to working on these issues with members of the legislature from both sides of the aisle,” concluded Secretary of State Ritchie, Task Force Co-Chair.
Along with the Governor’s appointee, the Task Force is made up of two members of the Minnesota House, two members of the Minnesota Senate, the Secretary of State, designees of the Department of Corrections and the Courts, and representatives of the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Township Association, and the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. The legislative members are Senators Roger Chamberlain and Katie Sieben and Representatives Mike Benson and Steve Simon.
The Task Force’s full report can be found at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/.
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