Lawmakers move to preserve online voter signup 30 Apr 14

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill preserving an online voter registration system overseen by Minnesota’s secretary of state.

State lawmakers quickly approved the bill and sent it to the Democratic governor before a court order kicks in.

On Monday, a Ramsey County judge ruled Secretary of State Mark Ritchie had overstepped his bounds by establishing the virtual sign-up unilaterally last fall. The judge ordered that the system be shut down by midnight Tuesday, absent legislative intervention.

The bill takes effect Wednesday.