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Candidate for Minn. Secretary State: Ballot Access Is 'Primary Mission'

Updated: 07/31/2014 11:06 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 5:49 PM WDIO.com

The DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota secretary of state stopped by Duluth on Thursday.

Rep. Steve Simon has been in the Minnesota House for 10 years. He is currently the chair of the elections committee.

Simon said his main goal as secretary of state would be to improve and maintain ballot access.

"That's the primary mission, or it should be, of the office," he said. "It's about swinging the doors of participation wide open, keeping them open for all eligible Minnesota voters and not slamming doors in people's faces."

Simon said improving ballot access can mean embracing new laws like no-excuses absentee voting, a bill he helped to pass.

Simon is one of several DFL candidates competing in the August primary.

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