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Secretary of State highlights key dates for 2014 election year


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is encouraging Minnesota voters to engage in the democratic process in 2014 as significant offices will be on the ballot. This year, voters will head to the polls to vote for a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House of Representative seats, as well as for governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House of Representative seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, and all county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

“This year will be exciting for Minnesota elections and we call on voters to stay informed in the process and make plans to get to the polls,” says Ritchie. “Minnesota is number-one in the country for voter turnout and we are hoping that voter participation for this year’s election can make gains to get us closer to the turnout we achieve during a presidential election year.”

Historically, voter turnout in Minnesota gubernatorial election years is lower than presidential years. In 2010, the last gubernatorial election, voter turnout was 55 percent — compared to 76 percent in the 2012 presidential election.

Helping to support voter participation is the No Excuse Absentee Balloting law, which goes into effect in time for the Primary Election on August 12. Minnesota joins 28 other states to allow voters to cast absentee ballots without having to provide an excuse. Previously, voters had to provide an excuse, including being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day, when casting absentee ballots.

To receive election email alerts and voter reminders from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, visit: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNSOS/subscriber/new

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Election-Related Dates

February 4 — Precinct caucuses. The Precinct Caucus Finder will be available January 15 on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website, mnvotes.org. The finder displays caucus locations provided by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Independence Party and Republican Party. Voters may also contact their political party to find caucus locations.

May 20 —June 3 — Candidate filing period. Candidates running for partisan office need to file for office during this window of time.

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Students can use ‘cold day’ for independent reading, homework

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 3, 2014 - Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, released the following statement regarding Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to close schools statewide on Monday. “Educators never like to lose a day of teaching and l ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner Urges Seniors to Protect Their Money and Prevent Wire Transfer Fraud

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Older Americans are scammed out of an estimated $2.5 billion dollars a year and an increasingly prevalent tool used by fraudsters is wire transfer fraud. Seniors are frequently tricked into wiring money, believing they are paying f ..... 
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MINNESOTA MAY LOSE $610 MILLION IN 2014 DUE TO PROPOSED RFS ROLLBACK

Mon, Dec 30th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec 30 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) biofuel requirements for 2014 may lead to a $610 million shortfall to Minnesota’s economy and a loss of 1,532 jobs next ..... 
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Dresbach Bridge named one of the top ten bridges of 2013

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Dresbach Bridge was named as one of the top 10 bridges of 2013 by Roads and Bridges magazine. Each year the magazine’s editorial staff recognizes the top projects in North America based on project challenges, impact to ..... 
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MnDOT releases final Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Details planned projects for next seven years, broad investment priorities through 2033 ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan has been finalized and is available online, according to the Minnesota Department of T ..... 
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MnDOT identifies Ames Construction as Winona Bridge project contracting team

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the selection of Ames Construction, Inc. of Burnsville Minn., as the Winona Bridge Construction Manager General Contractor contracting team. The Winona Bridge project i ..... 
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MnDOT seeks applicants for $4.7 million in Safe Routes to School grants

Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Webinar will help applicants complete applications ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. App ..... 
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US Fish and Wildlife boat launch at Dresbach Bridge open

Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center is now open to the public, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. To access the USFWS boat launch, anglers should fol ..... 
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