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SECRETARY OF STATE RITCHIE APPLAUDS NEW VOTING LEGISLATION
Greater Convenience for Voters and Cost-Savings for Local Governments Expected
ST. PAUL, Minn. — May 22, 2013—Secretary of State Mark Ritchie offered his strong support and approval for voting and election-related legislation recently enacted by the Minnesota Legislature.
“These laws further modernize our elections by make voting more convenient for eligible voters, and reducing costs and workload for election officials,” says Ritchie. “I thank our legislators and their bipartisan support. More work remains, however, to ensure Minnesotans have access to the ballot box and that our elections are run as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. ”The laws, which will become effective August 1, 2013, address several issues impacting voters and election administration:
“These are smart laws in effect in many other states,” says Ritchie. “I encourage legislators and voters to push for more common-sense ways, including early voting, to make our election process more efficient while ensuring its integrity.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota’s 21st secretary of state. A press photo for media is available online.
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