ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State hopeful Dan Severson says Minnesota should do more to help military members overseas to cast their ballots.

Dan Severson says delays in mailing ballots and lack of awareness has brought military voter participation as low as 5 percent. Severson proposes creating a secure online voting network for soldiers. A similar system has been used in Arizona.

Severson criticized his Democratic opponent, Rep. Steve Simon, on Tuesday for not doing more to address military voting as a state lawmaker.

Simon says military members benefit from the new, no-excuse absentee voting law he shepherded through the Legislature last session. He says Severson’s online voting proposal is worth exploring.

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