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Minnesota: Aging voting machines may take bite out of budgets | Rochester Post-Bulletin

December 29, 2015

With most of Wabasha County’s voting machines about to turn eight years old, Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer Denise Anderson isn’t taking any chances. Anderson is urging cities and townships to start squirreling away money for when it’s time to replace the machines. “I’ve asked them to start putting money away now, because I feel there is not going to be any (state or federal) money when we need it,” she said. Wabasha County is far from alone when it comes to aging voting machines.

Minnesota secretary of state wants to replace aging voting machines

December 14, 2015

Minnesota's aging voting machines are wearing out and will soon need to be replaced.

That's the message Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said he heard "loud and clear" from local officials during his recently completed tour of all 87 Minnesota counties.

Most cities, counties and townships use electronic election equipment that is at least 10 years old and getting close to its "10- to 15-year useful lifespan -- and 15 is sort of a stretch," Simon said in a recent interview.

Minnesota: Duluth voters reject ranked-choice voting | Duluth News Tribune

November 6, 2015

In what turned out to be one of the most hotly debated issues on this year’s ballot, Duluthians sent a strong message Tuesday in favor of their current voting system.Voters resoundingly rejected a citywide referendum that called for a shift to a ranked-choice voting system. The city of Duluth’s tally showed 15,564 “no” votes to 5,271 “yes” votes. The ballot initiative, which called for a change in the way Duluth has voted for more than a century, sharply divided local leaders and led to aggressive campaigning by supporters and detractors alike.

Minnesota: Does your vote count? Duluth mulls ranked-choice elections | Minnesota Public Radio

October 28, 2015

Duluth citizens go to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect city council members and a new mayor. But the hottest race isn’t over a political office. It’s over how future city elections should take place. Duluth voters will decide whether to follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and St. Paul and adopt ranked-choice voting. Ranked-choice voting lets citizens choose up to three candidates and rank them first, second and third among all the candidates in an election. Read more: http://thevotingnews.com/news/page/5/

Minnesota: Group Launches Opposition Campaign to Ranked Choice Voting Referendum | WDIO

October 14, 2015

Without much organized opposition, supporters have been campaigning to adopt ranked choice voting in Duluth, but on Sunday, a citizen group announced it has launched a formal effort to oppose the ballot measure. Five city councilors announced last week that they opposed ranked choice voting and all are now members of a citizen group against a switch to ranked choice for mayoral and some city council seats. The “Keep Voting Simple — Vote No RCV Campaign” gathered on the Duluth City Hall steps to give remarks and field questions from reporters.

Minnesota: Voter registration ordinance passes | The Minnesota Daily

September 29, 2015

When Andrew Degerstrom was a University of Minnesota student in 2009, he didn’t vote in that year’s elections because he didn’t know they were taking place. He said he probably would have voted if he had been given voter registration information when he moved to Minneapolis. Landlords will soon be required to provide their tenants with voter registration information when they move in under a new ordinance the Minneapolis City Council  passed last week. “If this ordinance had been in effect at that time, I would’ve received information on registering to vote when I

Minnesota: Simon looks to implement new voting options | St. Cloud Times

September 18, 2015

While Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon touted the state’s voter turnout during an address in St. Cloud, he said there are still many barriers that need to be removed to make voting more accessible. Simon spoke Thursday night at the Stearns History Museum at the St. Cloud State Social Studies Fall Social and Constitution Day Celebration.  Read more:  https://www.verifiedvoting.org/simon-looks-to-implement-new-voting-options-st-cloud-times/

Minnesota: Secretary of State Simon sides with court: no need for ‘ballot selfie’ ban | Pioneer Press

August 28, 2015

It’s a distinctly 21st Century spin on an age-old practice: excited voters mark up their ballot on Election Day — then pull out a smartphone to take and a picture of their exercise in democracy and post it to social media. These so-called “ballot selfies” are also at the nexus of a legal debate as some states try to curtail the practice but a federal judge defends it. “It’s a fascinating debate,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, the state’s election supervisor.

Minnesota: Ranked Choice Voting to Appear on November Ballot | KQDS

August 12, 2015

An organization, called Fair Vote Minnesota, has petitioned throughout Duluth and received more than 1,600 signatures, which was the magic number, and now puts the question of ranked choice voting on the ballot this November.

Minnesota: University starts online election program | The Minnesota Daily

July 23, 2015

Following a White House report urging universities to take on a role in training election officials, the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is launching a new online program that provides a certificate in election administration. The program, which will begin this fall, is the first of its kind in the country and aims to create consistency in election overseers’ training.

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