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.
Severson's Site Goes Down Week Before ElectionRepublican Secretary of State hopeful Dan Severson is suggesting his website was hacked for political reasons. Severson's campaign website crashed earlier this week. At news conference in St. Paul Friday, he said an early investigation shows it was breached by outsiders but they haven't identified who did it.
U Of M's Humphrey School Hosts Madeleine AlbrightAt the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, future leaders heard from the original "Madam Secretary" -- Madeleine Albright.
Severson Says He'd Boost Military Voting 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.
More Voters Are Turning In Ballots EarlyElection Day is about three weeks away and early voting is already proving to be more popular this year. The Secretary of State's Office has released new numbers saying they've accepted more than 22,000 absentee ballots.
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.
Hillary Clinton Signing Books In St. Paul SundayFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in St. Paul this afternoon. Clinton will be signing copies of her memoir "Hard Choices" at Common Good Books on Snelling Avenue from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.
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.
GOP's Nguyen Drops Secretary Of State Run The only Republican formally running for Minnesota Secretary of State abruptly halted his campaign on Monday.
Minn. March To Nov. Election Starts In Feb. Election Day is 11 months away, but there are plenty of campaign-related deadlines dotting the Minnesota calendar. Four weeks from Tuesday, Minnesota's major parties are holding precinct caucuses.
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.