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Ritchie Reflects On 8 Eventful Years As Secretary Of State

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.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Voters Turn In Lowest Turnout Since 1986

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.

11/25/2014

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Simon’s Wish List: June Primary, Early Voting

Steve Simon is preparing to hop from one branch of Minnesota’s government to another.

11/16/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Vote For Judges In Minn.?

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.

11/05/2014

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Simon Keeps SOS In Democratic Hands

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.

11/05/2014

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Despite Early Voting, Minnesotans Head To Polls In Big Numbers

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.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Voter Turnout Projection: 55-60 Percent

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.

11/04/2014

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Ritchie Will Work On World Fair Bid

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.

08/13/2014

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Steve Simon Wins DFL Nod For Top Election Official

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.

08/12/2014

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GOP Avoids Primary For Secretary Of State’s Office

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.

06/05/2014

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DFLers Endorse Simon For Secretary Of State

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.

05/31/2014

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Severson Gains GOP Support For Secretary Of State

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

05/30/2014

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Ritchie Stops Issuing Privilege Cards To Lawmakers

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.

05/21/2014

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Amid Legal Tussle, Minn. Lawmakers Mull Voter Tool

With Minnesota’s new online voter registration system in legal limbo, state lawmakers are starting to map out a backup plan.

01/28/2014

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Judge To Review Launch Of MN Voter Sign-Up Site

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.

12/13/2013

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12-9-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Who may be the next Secretary of State?

12/09/2013

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Ritchie Seeks Dismissal Of Voter Sign-Up Challenge

A lawsuit contesting a new, Internet-based system for voter registration should be dismissed because plaintiffs lack standing to sue, attorneys for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie argued Wednesday.

12/04/2013

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1st Republican Starts Bid For Minn. Elections Post

A political newcomer hoping to make Minnesota history is pressing ahead with his bid for an open secretary of state post. Republican Dennis Nguyen was gathering family, friends and supporters Sunday at the Capitol to make his formal campaign announcement.

11/10/2013

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10-25-13 David Hann On The Morning News With Dave Lee

The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.

10/25/2013

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GOP Legislators Confront Ritchie Over Voter Site

Three Republican legislators have met with Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie over their belief he overstepped his authority by implementing an online voter registration system. Senate Minority Leader David Hann, Sen. Scott Newman and Rep. Tim Sanders pressed Ritchie to suspend the site until the Legislature can formally weigh in.

10/24/2013

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Dayton Talks Issues Ahead Of 2-Week Sick Leave

Gov. Mark Dayton sounded off on a handful of issues Tuesday including his own health, as he prepares for two weeks out of the public eye to recuperate from a scheduled procedure at Mayo Clinic to repair a damaged muscle in his left hip. Here are a couple of things the Democratic governor touched on in a briefing with reporters:

10/22/2013

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Dayton Wants Lawmaker OK For Online Voter Signup

Gov. Mark Dayton says he supports letting Minnesota voters register online, but believes Secretary of State Mark Ritchie should have had the Legislature’s OK before implementing the system.

10/22/2013

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Hearing To Assess Electronic Voting Roster Costs

With voters having rejected a photo ID requirement, Minnesota lawmakers are testing out electronic polling place rosters intended to make verifying voters easier and more accurate.

10/09/2013

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GOP Lawmakers Question New Minnesota Voter Portal

Top Republican legislators want an independent review of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s move to allow online voter registration. Four prominent GOP lawmakers accuse Ritchie of using “dubious authority” to set up the system without explicit legislative permission.

10/07/2013

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Minn. Now Permits Online Voter Registration

Minnesota can now register to vote from their computers or other remote devices, giving them an alternative to filling out a paper form. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office announced the launch of the online voter registration system on Thursday.

09/26/2013

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