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.
Simon Keeps SOS In Democratic HandsDemocratic 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.
Despite Early Voting, Minnesotans Head To Polls In Big NumbersMinnesotans 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 Voter Turnout Projection: 55-60 PercentMinnesota'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.
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.
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.
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.
DFLers Endorse Simon For Secretary Of StateState 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.
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
Ritchie Stops Issuing Privilege Cards To LawmakersMinnesota 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.
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.