Mark Ritchie wants lawsuit against online voter registration dismissed


Attorneys for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have requested the lawsuit contesting the use of the state's new online voter registration be dismissed, The Associated Press reported.

Four Republican lawmakers and two conservative activist groups filed suit to block the online voter registration system last month, claiming Ritchie lacked legislative authority to implement it.

In response to the lawsuit, Ritchie's attorneys argue the plaintiffs are seeking an extraordinary remedy and can't prove they've been injured.

Minnesota Public Radio has the documents filed by Ritchie's attorneys.

The request comes ahead of a hearing set for next week in Ramsey County District Court.

The parties who filed the lawsuit said they are not against the online voter registration concept, but feel they should have input, the AP said.

Gov. Mark Dayton also supports the idea of online voter registration, yet he believes Ritchie should have sought approval from the Legislature before the system went online.

So far, 2,225 people across the state have used the system to submit voter applications or updated existing ones, the AP said.

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