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SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary State today informed legislators that it will no longer print or distribute the legislative privilege cards.
“We are discontinuing the cards given the lack of a statutory requirement for our office to issue them,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
The Secretary of State also informed the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and law enforcement organizations that the office will no longer issue the cards. About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of StateThe Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.
The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.
A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.
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