In his closing statement Joe Perske (DFL) , who had been reserved and focused on the issues during the debate, took aim at Tom Emmer's (R) behavior and record in the Minnesota legislature that Perske characterized as "divisive" "bullying, threatening" and "uncooperative" not just to Democrats but to Republicans as well. Emmer declined to respond.
Minneapolis will be testing electronic poll books in 5 of its 135 precincts on election day. Training is underway for the election judges who will be manning the computers at those polling stations. These systems have been tested in Minneapolis and Minnetonka in previous elections.
According to Grace Wachlarowicz, Assistant City Clerk and Director, Voter Services, City of Minneapolis, this should expedite the process for all voters. Previously registered voters give the election judge their house number and the last four letters of their last name. This data produces the complete set of information on a laptop screen, the voter verifies and is handed a ballot receipt, the process continues as before. If the voter prefers, a Minnesota Drivers License or State ID may be swiped on the reader and the voter information is automatically pulled up.
Secretary of State Candidate Dan Severson has been touting something similar as a new idea of his, but it would only work for people who carried a photo ID. Everyone else would have to use the other system, something Severson’s opponent Steve Simon calls “a way to marginalize, and to ostracize, and exclude people who don’t have the kind of ID that he and others like him think they should have.”
With electronic poll books, new voter registrations are typed into a laptop. Previously, the information had to be hand written by the voter. Again if the voter has a drivers license or state ID, that card can be swiped to populate the registration form. The same proof of residence for new voters must be supplied to the judge as in the past. (more…)
Is it "Express Lane Voting" or "Warmed Over Voter ID"? Minnesota Republican secretary of state candidate Dan Severson touts his "express lane voting" idea. Democratic candidate for secretary of state Steve Simon says that's a bad idea.
The Humphrey school at the University of Minnesota hosts a forum with the four candidates for secretary of state: Republican Dan Severson, Democrat Steve Simon, Libertarian candidate Bob Odden and Independent Party candidate Bob Helland.