Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has been traveling to township and city meetings all across Minnesota promoting voter programs and answering questions concerning the Voter ID amendment that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Ritchie stopped by Milaca last Thursday afternoon before heading out to one such meeting in Aitkin.
One of the programs he has been encouraging voters to participate on this tour is the new Vote In Honor of a Veteran campaign. Any voter can call 651-201-1339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a three-inch button on which they can write the name of a veteran special to them. The purpose is to wear the buttons on Election Day to honor their service.
“It’s just a way of saying thank you for your service, and I’m going to vote in part of my service,” Ritchie said.
Participants can also write a tribute to their veteran, which is published on the Secretary of State’s website as well as in the Minnesota Legislative Manual. Voters can visit www.sos.state.mn.us to submit a tribute.
The program, which started in 2008, has grown to include thousands of tributes for veterans across the state. Everyone who submitted a tribute was invited to the Capitol for a ceremony during which all names of veterans were announced.
“We partner with various organizations to promote it,” Ritchie said.
Ritchie has also been reminding people of their voting rights during his journey to various precincts.
“It’s not too late for anyone to vote absentee,” he said. “[Military personnel] also have a special benefit to have their ballot sent via email.”
His office is also urging people to visit MNvotes.org, where they can register to vote, make a change of address, and find their poling places.
“We have redistricted this year, so many people are voting in a different district this year,” Ritchie said. “So we encourage people to check that out.”
For the full story, see the Thursday, Oct. 25 print edition of the Times.