ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- With Minnesota's new online voter registration system in legal limbo, state lawmakers are starting to map out a backup plan.
The House Elections Committee on Tuesday began debating how to structure a virtual portal to allow remote registration and to submit online applications for absentee ballots. The bill would effectively ratify and also expand on a system set up by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
But Ritchie is being sued for going forward without legislative consent. A judge's ruling could be months away. The secretary of state's office has kept the system running while the lawsuit proceeds.
Lawmakers say they want any system to have adequate data security and fraud prevention mechanisms.
Any action on their part must wait until the Legislature convenes in late February.