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Secretary of State Voter Outreach Team Available to Help Public, Private Organizations “Promote the Vote” to Customers, Constituents, Employees
Posted Date: 7/23/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie, (651) 297-8919,

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — A voter outreach team from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is available to help companies, nonprofits, educational institutions, government agencies and others engage eligible voters for participation in the 2014 elections.

Interested organizations can request “Promote the Vote” workshops, voter registration information, as well educational voter materials — many available in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. All materials are available at, including promotional videos.

“The way for Minnesota to continue its tradition of being the nation’s leader in voter turnout is by welcoming new voters into our voting community, especially those who are turning age 18 and those who move to our state,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “I encourage organizations to take advantage of the program which is an effort to build voter participation through education and awareness.”

The Office of the Secretary of State also will have a presence at many summertime and fall events in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota to educate and register voters.

2014 Is a Significant Election Year
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. and Minnesota House seats, governor and other state officers, and many county commissioners, sheriffs, attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

Key 2014 election dates:

  • August 12 — Primary Election Day.
  • September 19 — Absentee ballots will be available for the November 4 General Election.
  • October 14 — Pre-registration deadline for the General Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, November 4.
  • November 4 — General Election Day.

View all 2014 election dates and sign up to receive election-related email updates.

About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The 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.