Created: 01/31/2014 6:02 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
A Minnesota panel that led a pilot project around an electronic voter verification process is urging the Legislature to authorize a more extensive study this fall.
The Electronic Roster Task Force was finalizing a report and proposed legislation Friday. The recommendations seek a broader examination of the effectiveness and expense of a higher-tech alternative to the paper sign-in process at polling places. The panel asks the state to pick up costs.
The review would occur at more sites and in a busier environment than the 2013 pilot. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says a regular turnout election would offer a better handle of the costs versus benefits.
Advocates of e-poll books argue they can guard against voter fraud, cut wait times and reduce errors from data now entered manually.
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