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Minnesota Poised to Once Again Lead Nation In Voter Turnout

PHOTO: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesota is regularly the top state in the country when it comes to voter turnout. Courtesy Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.
PHOTO: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesota is regularly the top state in the country when it comes to voter turnout. Courtesy Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.
October 30, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When voters across the U.S. head to the polls one week from today, Minnesota is expected to be one of the top states for turnout. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesota averages 78 percent of eligible voters getting out to vote in presidential election years.

"And I think the reason we are so high in our voting is that we all love this place, this place we call home, this beautiful state of Minnesota. And we think of it as our personal responsibility."

Because the state went through redistricting since the last election, Ritchie says, a number of Minnesotans will be voting at different locations this year. To quickly find out where you need to cast your ballot, you can go to the Secretary of State's website, mnvotes.org.

"And right there is a polling-place finder. You put in your address. It will pop up where you vote. It will also give you information to find out who is on your ballot. And if you need to make sure if your registration is current, there's a tool right there as well."

In addition to the presidential race, two amendments to the state constitution are expected to get more people to the polls. One would make a photo ID a requirement to vote. The other would effectively ban homosexuals from tying the knot by defining marriage as being a union solely between one man and one woman.

More information is at mnvotes.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN