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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited the University of Minnesota, Morris on Wednesday as part of a state-wide effort to encourage voted to preregister and learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot this fall.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie promotes voter registration, website during UMM visit

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MORRIS - Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited the University of Minnesota, Morris on Wednesday as part of a state-wide effort to encourage voted to preregister and learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot this fall.

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Preregistration for the November election ends on Tuesday, Oct. 16., and people who wish to vote using an absentee ballot need to get their paperwork started soon.

The Secretary of State's Office has developed an online resource - www.mnvotes.org - for voters to check their voter registration, track their absentee ballot, find their polling place, and see a sample ballot of the candidates and issues they will be voting on.

"This year there was redistricting, and many people in Minnesota will have a brand new polling place," said Ritchie. "People can put in their address and it pops up where is your polling place."

A new feature this year is "My Ballot." Voters enter their address to see a list of all candidates and issues that will be on their ballot in November, along with links to information provided by the candidate. The list also includes a link to the full language of both constitutional amendments that Minnesota voters will consider this fall.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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