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Bill automatically updates Minnesota voter rolls when people move

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL (AP) - A bill awaiting action by the Minnesota House seeks to keep state voter rolls fresh by transferring residents' registration when they change their postal address.

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It is more limited than an initial version, which would have registered voters when they applied for a driver's license.

The bill cleared its final committee Wednesday.

Its sponsor, Democratic Rep. Steve Simon, said people who move within Minnesota wouldn't have to re-register in their new residence because a change of address card with the post office would do it for them. People who leave Minnesota would have their names removed from the roster.

A postcard would go out to advise people of their status change, giving them a chance to prevent the voter registration transfer.

Republican Rep. Laura Brod said change-of-address cards filed with the post office doesn't always signal a change in residency. She fears college students and snowbirds could inadvertently have their registration dropped, forcing them to re-register on Election Day.

Minnesota's Election Day voter registration option wouldn't change.

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