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Ritchie pitches electronic poll book


Unsatisfied with Republican efforts to pass a constitutional amendment requiring photo ID to vote, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is pitching an alternative.

Ritchie, a Democrat, is backing legislation that’s in the works for an electronic poll book proposal he said will not disenfranchise as many people and will save the state money. An early stage of the plan could even go into effect this year, he said.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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