OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Announces 2012 Vote in Honor of a Veteran Initiative
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—August 24, 2012—Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced today that his office is kicking-off its 2012 Vote in Honor of a Veteran initiative next week. The initiative is part of the secretary’s ongoing outreach effort to engage voters. This Office will again partner with Kids Voting and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to continue this popular program to remind voters of the sacrifices made by military personnel to safe-guard our freedom and protect our right to vote.
“Minnesota has a proud history of military service and voter turnout. The Vote in Honor of a Veteran program not only recognizes the contributions of veterans who defend our democracy, but also asks all of our citizens do their part to keep our democracy healthy by exercising their right to vote and casting a ballot on Election Day,” said Secretary of State Ritchie.
The response to this program since it was first initiated in 2008 has been overwhelming. The program encourages voters throughout the election season to wear a Vote In Honor of a Veteran lapel button which they personalize with the name of a military veteran or active-duty military personnel. The button acknowledges a veteran’s service and affirms a commitment to vote. Since the program began, this Office and our partners have distributed well over 100,000 lapel buttons.
In addition to wearing a lapel button, the program encourages participants to submit online tributes about a special veteran in their life. Tributes can be posted on the Office website at: http://tinyurl.com/6p97y4c .
During the Minnesota State Fair, stop by and visit our booth on Military Appreciation Day Tuesday, August 28. Show your support for our veterans and military personnel by taping a Vote in Honor of a Veteran video tribute. These videos will be posted on the Office website at: www.mnvotes.org.
Official Vote in Honor of a Veteran lapel buttons are available free-of-charge. To order a button, visit www.sos.state.mn.us. For more information on the program call 651-201-1324.
“Taking the time to exercise the right to vote is a way for all of our citizens to thank veterans for their service,” concluded Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142
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