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Voter registration available online in Minnesota

By Don Davis

Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans now may register to vote online.

“We join many states that have already demonstrated that online registration is secure and that it saves taxpayers money,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Ritchie said the online process is more convenient for voters, reduces errors in voter rosters and delivers significant cost- and time-savings for local election officials. It also could speed lines at polls, where voters may register on election days.

Minnesota is the 15th state to offer online registration and the only one in the region.

The secretary of state also announced that his office will make absentee ballot applications available online. Last year, 10,506 Minnesotans voted absentee, going through a paperwork intensive process.

“This is a great improvement in voting absentee for our men and women overseas or at U.S. military bases far from home,” said retired Lt. Col. John Kingrey, judge advocate general officer of the Army Reserve. “Those defending our freedoms should be able to exercise their right to vote in a simple, straightforward manner.”

Paper absentee registration forms still will be available.

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