Online voting ordered to be shut down

KIMT News 3 – A new way to register to vote in Minnesota is no more after a judge’s ruling Monday.

In September, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office launched an online voter registration system.

The problem, according to two conservative groups and some Republican legislators, was that he did not get legislative permission to do so.

A local political analyst said the system could have actually led to some legal issues.

“There’s still laws on the books that haven’t caught up with technology and even though it may have been in a good spirit, in what secretary Ritchie tried to do, we’ve still got to change the law to be able to enable that technology,” said Political Analyst Dr. Eric Shoars.

Some issues also center around fraud.

“That’s especially tough to do sometimes when you talk about putting things in an online environment. Are the people voting, or that are registering to vote, actually themselves or are they pretending to be someone they’re not for the purposes of advantage for a candidate or political party?” Shoars said.

The judge ruled that the system must be shut down by midnight Tuesday. Any registrations already made through the site will be valid.

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