Secretary of State Steve Simon talks voting in Duluth

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and lawmakers from the Duluth area encouraged Minnesotans to vote in the August 8th Primary and Special Elections. This will be the first Election Day in Minnesota since more than 55,000 people regained the right to vote through a law change that restored eligibility to those with felony convictions who are not currently incarcerated. 

“Voting season is already here in Minnesota and now is the time to find out if you have an election in your community to make your voice heard,” said Secretary Simon. “We know the big statewide contests get a lot of attention, but local elections truly make an impact in the day-to-day lives of Minnesotans.” 

Over the next year, Minnesotans will notice improved ease in casting their ballots as legislation passed in the 2023 session goes into effect. New laws include provisions to guarantee paid time off work to vote any time during the 46-day absentee voting period, extended in-person voting hours on weekends leading up to elections, a permanent absentee ballot list, and more.