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Minn.’s Ritchie Appearing Before Congress

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s chief elections officer is going before Congress to testify about voter turnout.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was due to appear Thursday before a House subcommittee in Washington. He’s one of two secretaries testifying at a hearing about what went right and wrong during the 2010 election. The other is from Colorado.

Minnesota traditionally ranks at or near the top in voter turnout. Ritchie says he plans to talk about changes in absentee and military voting.

Some of the changes grew out of a 2008 U.S. Senate recount and court case that left the race unresolved for more than six months. Minnesota had a recount in its governor’s race in 2010, but Republican Tom Emmer conceded to Democrat Mark Dayton before it ended.

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