Ritchie seeks dismissal of voter sign-up challenge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie say a lawsuit contesting a new Web-based system for voter registration should be dismissed because its challengers lack standing to sue.

Four Minnesota Republican legislators and two advocacy groups filed the lawsuit last month. They argued that Ritchie exceeded his power by creating the registration tool without explicit legislative consent. The formal response on behalf of Ritchie was filed Wednesday ahead of a hearing next week in Ramsey County District Court.

Even as state attorneys say the lawsuit should be tossed on technical grounds, they argue the registration system was legitimately created and on par with other electronic filings currently allowed.

People using the system must present verifiable identification data and applications are checked in similar fashion as paper forms.

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