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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Delivers Absentee Ballot Report to Minnesota Legislature
Posted Date: 1/16/2013

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
CONTACT: Patricia Turgeon        

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Delivers Absentee Ballot Report to Minnesota Legislature

St. Paul – January 16, 2013 – Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has delivered a legislatively-mandated statistical report relating to absentee voting in the 2012 general election.  The report outlines legislative and administrative changes made to the absentee balloting process and the increase in successful absentee ballot submission due to those changes.

“This report shows a dramatic increase to the success rate for absentee ballot acceptance,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “The changes made by the legislature and our office have simplified the absentee voting process while protecting its integrity.”

The report’s data shows continued improvement to the success rate for absentee voters who submitted absentee ballots from 97.9% in 2010 to 99.1% in 2012. During the 2012 election, 140,000 more absentee ballots were submitted than in the 2010 election, further emphasizing the success of the absentee balloting reforms.

“Minnesota leads the nation in voting, but we must continue to fine tune the elections process using data to improve voter turnout and to protect the integrity of our elections system,” said Secretary Ritchie. “This report highlights that process.”

The full legislative report can be found in the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.

Editor’s note: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: