Rep. Laurie Halverson and Sen. Susan Kent introduce Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act

Legislation will secure and modernize Minnesota’s election system

Saint Paul, Minn. – Today, State Representative Laurie Halverson and State Senator Susan Kent introduced the Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act, to protect the security of our voting systems and preserve access to voting for all eligible voters.

“Voting is a right and a privilege that Minnesotans hold very dear,” said Rep. Halverson. “We have a strong sense of civic responsibility when it comes to voting, and we have a voter registration system that is a model for the nation. But we cannot take for granted the very real threats to the security of our voting systems in the state, and in the country, which is why we have introduced this bill to increase the security of our voting systems while preserving access to the polls for eligible voters.”

“The Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act will ensure that Minnesota has the safest, most secure and most efficient elections possible in the 21st century,” said Sen. Kent. “To protect our democracy against errors, inaccuracies and hacking, it is vital we invest in key critical security upgrades. This bill will make sure we have the ability to continue to run safe and secure elections in Minnesota, while at the same time making voting accessible to all citizens, whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural part of the state.”   

The Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act is a comprehensive set of reforms including:

    • Protecting the security of our elections from hacking and interference through hardware and software cyber security updates to safeguard Minnesota’s Voter Registration database from foreign governments messing with our elections. These updates include:
      • Investing 1.4 million dollars over 4 years to upgrade and modernize the statewide voter registration database
      • Mandating cyber security training of elections officials
      • Requiring 2-factor authentication for access to the statewide voter registration database.
      • Investing in security upgrades to statewide voter registration system — including a response to the analysis of vulnerabilities and recommendations provided by Secretary of Homeland Security.
    • Increasing security and access by creating an upgraded automatic and encrypted voter registration backbone that will allow us to invest in the most up to date anti-hacking and cyber security software possible. That system would electronically update all registration data any time eligible voters like you or me change our address or register to vote when you apply for a driver’s license or state ID. It updates our system to an electronic one so that we can get rid of the unnecessary paperwork and other costly mistakes. It  saves the state money and helps to create a secure, modern and efficient voter database.
    • Increasing the accuracy of our voter rolls by expanding e-poll books to every county that WANTS them. E-poll books help eliminate errors by providing a secure, electronic system for maintaining and encrypting voter information.
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