The final election results are in: Minnesota had its lowest voter turnout since 1986. The state canvassing board officially certified the 2014 voter turnout at 50.5 percent. It’s one of the last official acts for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.
Steve Simon is preparing to hop from one branch of Minnesota’s government to another.
When you voted Tuesday, you probably noticed a lot of judges on the ballot. This puzzled Kirk from Oak Park Heights because he knows the governor also appoints them. On Washington County’s sample ballot, there were 28 judge seats. Twenty-four were unopposed.
Democratic state Rep. Steve Simon has been elected secretary of state, defeating Republican former state Rep. Dan Severson. Simon will take over as Minnesota’s chief elections officer from Democrat Mark Ritchie, who chose not to run again.
Minnesotans are proud to say they lead the nation in turnout, and a change in state law meant some people voted early instead of waiting for Election Day.
Minnesota’s secretary of state is projecting voter turnout of 55 to 60 percent in this midterm election. Mark Ritchie’s projection would be right in line with recent history. Nearly 56 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot four years ago.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says he’ll work on the campaign to bring the World Fair to Minnesota when he leaves office. Ritchie decided against seeking another term as state secretary and will leave the office after the general election.
State Rep. Steve Simon is the DFL nominee for secretary of state. Simon turned back two frequent candidates, Dick Franson and Gregg Iverson, in Tuesday’s primary.
Minnesota Republicans won’t have a primary for the open secretary of state’s office. Former state Sen. John Howe of Red Wing pulled out of the race Thursday, clearing the way to the fall ballot for the GOP’s endorsed candidate, Dan Severson. Howe lost at last weekend’s state party convention but left open the possibility of pressing on to an August primary election against Severson, a former legislator who sought the office unsuccessfully in 2010.
State Rep. Steve Simon won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsement on Saturday for secretary of state, an office that has played a key role in some close recent elections. Simon was declared the winner by acclamation in the only competitive race at the party’s state convention after state Rep. Debra Hilstrom conceded.
A former legislator is the Minnesota Republican Party’s choice to run in an open secretary of state’s race, grabbing the endorsement Friday when his only rival exited the race. Ex-Rep. Dan Severson secured the backing at the state party convention, the second time he is trying for the key state elections
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Wednesday he will no longer issue cards that appeared to give lawmakers immunity from being arrested for drunken driving or other crimes during a legislative session, saying his office isn’t bound by statute to distribute them.
With Minnesota’s new online voter registration system in legal limbo, state lawmakers are starting to map out a backup plan.
A Web site where people can register to vote in Minnesota is undergoing scrutiny in court. A Ramsey County District judge was hearing a lawsuit Friday on the online sign-up tool launched in September by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.