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Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Updates Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service Website with $226,000 Department of Defense Federal Grant
ST. PAUL, Minn.—September 26, 2012—Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced that the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State updated the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service website with a $226,255 Department of Defense Federal Grant.“Removing barriers to voting, especially for those serving our armed forces, is one of my top priorities," said Secretary of State Ritchie. “These updates to the Military and Overseas Voter Service website will help more Minnesotans vote.”The enhanced website now includes clear step-by-step instructions, instructional videos on how to apply and return an absentee ballot, a new option that provides voters with the candidates and questions that will be on their ballots, and a customized update for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot that will provide voters with the names of the candidates in federal, state and local races. Military and overseas voters are encouraged to use the Military and Overseas Voter Service website to apply for their absentee ballots. Voters can access the website at: https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org. Minnesota law allows military personnel and voters overseas the option of receiving their ballots electronically but requires the voters to return paper copies of their ballots. The absentee balloting period for the November 6 general election begins September 21. “County election officials are accepting absentee ballot applications now,” explained Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “If you are in the military or will be overseas on Election Day, submit your absentee ballot application to your county auditor and request that your ballot be either emailed or faxed to you. All absentee ballots must be received back at your county ‘s election office on or before November 6.” Additional information on voter eligibility and registration is available by visiting the secretary of state’s voter webpage: www.mnvotes.org.DISCLAIMER: This effort is funded through a grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). The content of this information does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government, and no official Government endorsement should be inferred.Editor's note: 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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