MN Secretary of State

MN Secretary of State Steve Simon on Election 2020 Voter Turnout

Nov 20, 2020

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Friday Morning Show to talk about the 2020 election turnout.  He answers the question on how Minnesota did this year in voter turnout by letting us know that we were number one in America for the third consecutive year with a 79.95% in voter turnout.  Sec. of State Simon shares why he feels Minnesota has such a successful turnout rate and he talks about what he feels is happening on the national level.

Photo by Tony Webster/Minnesota Reformer.

We welcomed back the Secretary of State today, Steve Simon.  In addition to Minnesota well on its way to becoming the state with the highest voter turnout again, the request for mail-in ballots as of Friday July 31, 2020 was at 545,000 requests by voters. In Minnesota, voting really matters.

Here's a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to voting in 2020. 

1.  If you request a ballot by mail you don't HAVE to mail it back.  You can drop off your ballot at the address listed on the envelope - either your county offices or city offices.

The MN Presidential Primary is Tuesday March 3rd.  It is the first presidential primary in our state in three decades and comes out of the chaos at the MN caucuses in 2016.

Last February, the MN Board of Animal Health and the MN DNR confirmed that Chronic Wasting Disease was the cause of the death of a deer that was recovered near a 112 acre deer farm near Merrifield in Crow Wing County.

There are about 390 captive deer and elk farms in MN.  In April, the deer in the farm near Merrifield was closed, all the deer were killed and are being tested for CWD.  In addition, about 80 deer were killed within a two mile radius of the farm and are also being tested.

Today we learned about the current legislation in the MN Session having to do with federal election funding of election security with Secretary of State Steve Simon. 

Heidi Holtan

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost talked with us about current bills in the MN Legislature having to do with claiming federal money for election security. 

Bemidji Pioneer

Last Sunday the Star Tribune had a headline "'Bemidji First' candidates, organizer fined over campaign violations".  Robert Saxton was mentioned in that article, as one of the citizens who filed a complaint to the MN Campaign Finance Board.  Tune in here for our conversation:

Minn Post

Steve Simon is MN’s 22nd secretary of state – who just won reelection.  That's not the only thing he can be proud of, once again Minnesota had the highest voter turnout in the nation.

Minnesota can boast the #1 voter turnout in the nation...but that doesn't mean the system can't be improved upon.

MN's Secretary of State Steve Simon joined us this morning to tell us more about the integrity of Minnesota's election system, and root for the Twins of course.