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Minnesota is taking additional steps to prepare in case an emergency affects an election

May 22, 2016

Minnesota is known for having some of the highest voter turnout in the nation, and that’s why it is absolutely critical that we are prepared if a large portion of the state is affected by a disaster or other large scale incident, such as Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the 2012 election. Thanks to a new law we are taking additional steps at the state and county level to prepare!

The bill (based on recommendations from a task force chaired by Secretary Simon) requires our office to create a state elections emergency plan, requires counties to develop local emergency plans, and expands the authority of local elections officials in case of an emergency.

These additional steps will go a long way toward providing strong local control during an emergency, while still ensuring uniformity of voting experiences across the state.

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