Steve Simon, DFL candidate for Secretary of State sees early voting as the next step in improving Minnesota's already superb election record. He was at the DFL booth on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, August 21, 2014. Simon, former member of the Minnesota legislature, led a seven-year, ultimately bipartisan effort, to achieve no excuse absentee balloting. Previously a voter needed an excuse to get an absentee ballot. Now it's a choice for everyone.
Simon sees extended voting days and making voting registration easier as logical extensions to Minnesota's election tradition. Simon, a Democrat faces Republican party candidate Dan Severson and Independence party candidate Bob Helland in the general election ballot.