Halverson and Kent Respond to OLA Report on Voter Registration

The Office of the Legislative Auditor report on Voter Registration was released this morning and reviewed by the Legislative Audit Commission Evaluation Subcommittee. Sen. Susan Kent and Rep. Laurie Halverson introduced the Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act this week, ahead of the OLA report release, that will provide cyber security updates to Minnesota’s voter registration database, establish automatic voter registration, and e-poll books for every county that wants them.

“Minnesota’s elections and strong tradition of civic engagement are the envy of the country,” remarked Rep. Halverson. “Today’s report confirms that, but it also shows we have work to do to secure our elections and to prevent errors, inaccuracies and hacking. The Secure Access for Minnesota Voters act will ensure Minnesota continues to have the safest, most secure and most efficient elections in the country. Minnesotans expect us to respond to changing threats to our democracy and they deserve action now.”

“The report issued today by the Office of the Legislative Auditor shows what we already know – Minnesota’s election systems serve us well and are a model for the nation. The report also shows that it is time to modernize and secure our voter registration systems and machines to prevent errors, mistakes or hacking. We must act to protect our voting systems, so we can be sure our votes count and voices are heard when Minnesotans cast their ballots,” Sen. Kent said.

“This is why I’ve introduced the Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act, a bill that will increase security by creating an automatic and encrypted voter registration system that will eliminate unnecessary paperwork that can lead to costly mistakes. The bill makes much-needed cybersecurity updates to safeguard Minnesota’s voter registration database from foreign governments or other bad actors who want to interfere in our elections and expands the use of e-poll books to every county that wants them,” Sen. Kent said.

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