Online Voter Registration Now Available for All Minnesota Military, Overseas & Domestic Voters; Active Duty Military & Overseas Voters Can Apply Online for Absentee Ballots
Rice County citizens will now be able to apply online to register to vote, or update their existing registration, thanks to an application developed by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and accessed at www.mnvotes.org or www.co.rice.mn.us
The online process will deliver convenience to voters, reduce errors in voter rosters, and deliver significant cost- and time-savings for local election officials.
In addition to launching online voter registration, the Secretary of State is making absentee ballot applications available online for military and overseas voters. This will allow those voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie noted that applying for voter registration online provides another delivery method for the application but will not replace paper applications, which will still be available. The online tool was built to ensure that only persons providing verifiable identification numbers will be able to register, and online applications will go through the same verification process as paper registrations. Information provided on the application will be verified with data from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services or Social Security Administration. County election officials will continue to review applications in the Statewide Voter Registration System and be responsible for approving an application or otherwise. If approved, the applicant will be added to the voter roster, and a postcard will be mailed to the voter to verify their address and provide the location of their polling place.
Ritchie encourages Minnesotans to check their registration online to ensure it is up-to-date. In Minnesota, a person must re-register to voter if their address has changed, if they have changed names, or if they have not voted in the previous four years. Pre-registration is not required, and eligible voters may register at their polling place on Election Day.
Rice County Auditor/Treasurer Fran Windschitl said that he expects this new system will save the county staff time with data entry and provide a 24-7 accessibility for voter registration and absentee ballot applications.
Fran Windschitl, Auditor/Treasurer, (507) 332-6122
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