Thursday, June 9, 2022
RELEASE: Signature Verification case: Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al. v. Office of MN Secretary of State
EXCELSIOR, Minn. – Kim Crockett attended the Minnesota Appeals Court hearing Thursday, June 9 on a case against the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. The case, brought by the Minnesota Voters Alliance and argued by the Upper Midwest Law Center, challenges an administrative rule adopted by the Secretary of State that conflicts with the Minnesota statute requiring absentee ballot board members to verify that absentee ballots belong to the voter named on the ballot and ballot application.
The challenged rule effectively negates signature verification requirements on absentee ballots. It limits the situations in which a ballot may be rejected to only those where the name signed is clearly a different name than the name of the voter as printed on the signature envelope.
The good judgement of party-balanced election judges, who have the statutory authority to decide if a signature matches or not, has been replaced by a confusing administrative rule that effectively strips them of that role.
Crockett said, “The Secretary of State’s office has an obligation to the people of Minnesota to follow the law and to create rules that are in harmony with it, not in conflict. If I am elected as Secretary of State in November, all administrative rules coming from the Office of Secretary of State will be revised to fully comply with state and federal law. If there are laws that frustrate or place undue burden on election officials, the place to hear and resolve those laws is in the state legislature, not in the Office of the Secretary of State.”attende