Via The Uptake:
Mike McIntee writes:
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is stepping down after two terms that have been filled with battles over voters rights — from recounting absentee ballots in the very close U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, to fighting back against a voter suppression “voter photo ID” constitutional amendment, to making Minnesota’s absentee balloting easier and “excuse free.” The lines that were drawn in those battles between Ritchie (a Democrat) and Republicans remain in place as Democrat Steve Simon takes on Republican Dan Severson. Simon promises to carry on and expand Ritchie’s work. Severson would like more restrictions on voting in the name of preventing “voter fraud.”
At noon the Humphrey school at the University of Minnesota hosts a forum with the four candidates for secretary of state. Join elections expert and Election Academy director Doug Chapin as he moderates a conversation with Severson, Simon, Libertarian candidate Bob Odden and Independence Party candidate Bob Helland.