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MEDIA ADVISORY: Secretary of State Ritchie on House Passage of Elections Omnibus Bill
Posted Date: 5/8/2013

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CONTACT: DENNIS SMITH (651) 297-8919

Secretary of State Ritchie on House Passage of Elections Omnibus Bill

SAINT PAUL, Minn.—May 8, 2013— Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie applauds the passage of the Elections Omnibus Bill today in the House of Representatives. He joins both Rep. Steve Simon (DFL- St. Louis Park) and Rep. Tim Sanders (R-Blaine) in recognizing the bipartisan effort in crafting the bill.

This bill contains many provisions which will deliver cost-savings to the administration of elections in townships, cities and counties, including the expansion of mail balloting, and a pilot project which will pave the way for statewide use of electronic pollbooks.

“This bill moves Minnesota closer to joining the majority of other states which already offer their voters the increasingly exercised option of voting absentee without needing to provide an excuse,” says Secretary Ritchie.

These measures, along with other administrative items brought forward by local election officials from across the state, will serve all voters and help ensure that Minnesota continues as the national leader in election administration.

Secretary Ritchie also hopes and encourages the House’s colleagues in the Senate to consider the bill’s benefits to their constituents, as well as all voters and taxpayers in the state, and its impact on the esteemed regard for Minnesota’s election administration and integrity across the country.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota’s 21st secretary of state. A press photo for media is available online.

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