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Dayton sides against Ritchie on carrying out online voter signup

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Gov. Mark Dayton says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie should have sought the Legislature's approval before implementing an online voter registration system, the Associated Press reports.

Dayton told the Associated Press that he supports online registration, a project spearheaded by fellow Democrat Ritchie, but thinks the system should have legislative support.

The governor's stance is shared by lawmakers from both parties. Last week, two Republican state senators called for an expedited Subcommittee on Elections hearing on the issue while DFL state Sen. Kate Sieben, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, also questioned Ritchie's authority.

The recently-launched system has been accessed by more than a thousand Minnesotans so far. Ritchie claims his office was given authority to create the online registration system from a 2000 law that also requires state acceptance of electronic signatures.

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