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SoS Ritchie and Rep. Emmer Share Thoughts on Minnesota Election Reform

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Last Friday four of Minnesota's prominent leaders on election reform convened at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs to discuss what work needs to be done for the Gopher State to improve on its nationally renowned election system.

Moderated by Lawrence Jacobs, Director of the Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, the event featured a spirited discussion between Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, DFL Senator Ann Rest, GOP Representative Tom Emmer, and Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky.

Ideas such as utilizing driver's licenses and better use of new technology, protecting the integrity of the election system with voter identification cards, moving up the state's primary on the calendar, and providing provisional election certificates after the canvassing phase were all offered during the event.

A video of this event is available online at Center for the Study of Politics and Governance website.

Learning from the 2008 U.S. Senate Recount Saga: Practical Reforms to Improve Minnesota Elections

Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State
Ann Rest, Senator (DFL) and Chair, State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee
Tom Emmer, Representative (R) and Ranking Minority Member, State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections Committee
Joe Mansky, Ramsey County Elections Manager

Moderated by Lawrence Jacobs, Professor, University of Minnesota

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