Governor Dayton announces final appointments to the Electronic Roster Task Force

July 19, 2013

On July 18th Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Electronic Roster Task Force.

Vaughn Bodelson – Maplewood, MN

Kathy Bonnifield – Minneapolis, MN

Max Hailperin – St. Peter, MN

Vaughn Bodelson and Kathy Bonnifield were appointed to the two positions on the Task Force reserved for election judges, and Max Hailperin was appointed to the one position reserved for someone familiar with electronic roster technology but who does not represent a specific vendor of the technology. These appointments complete the membership of the Task Force which was established by Minnesota’s 2013 omnibus election bill.

Kathy Bonnifield is the former Executive Director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN).  Max Hailperin is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Gustavus Adolphus College. Professor Hailperin has cooperated with CEIMN on the analysis of electronic roster issues since 2011, including testifying on behalf of CEIMN.  A summary of his thoughts on electronic rosters is available at http://bit.ly/YuOicA . 

 The Electronic Roster Task Force was created to research the following issues:

  1. electronic roster technology, including different types of electronic rosters;
  2. the ability to use photographs received from the Department of Vehicle Services;
  3. the ability to add photographs to the roster on election day;
  4. data security in electronic rosters, the statewide voter registration system, and the Department of Vehicle Services;
  5. reliability of Department of Vehicle Services data, including the ability to match names and photographs without duplication;
  6. ability of precincts across the state to connect an electronic roster to a secure network to access the statewide voter registration system; and
  7. direct and indirect costs associated with using electronic rosters.

For additional information on work of the Electronic Roster Task Force, see its webpage at: http://www.lcc.leg.mn/ertf/