A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that would have ended same-day voter registration in Minnesota.
A group of 7 citizens, and the conservative groups the Minnesota Voters Alliance and the Minnesota Freedom Council filed the lawsuit challenging the state’s same-day registration system because they said ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 elections.
But Judge Donovan Frank ruled that the groups failed to allege a violation of federal law, failed to point to any election misconduct and failed to exhaust their claims in state court. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, and other Democratic leaning groups praised the decision because it will ensure same-day registration in November.
The ruling comes as the Minnesota Voters Alliance is pushing for a constitutional amendment to require people to present a photo ID to vote. Ritchie says the amendment goes further than that and would end same-day voter registration in Minnesota – a claim pro-amendment groups deny.
Here’s the ruling: