Minnesota message to voters: Do your homework

3:51 AM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Secretary of State's office is urging voters to do their homework before showing up to the polls Tuesday, particularly for more obscure races.

While the big name candidates have been running ads for months, many judicial and school board candidates remain largely unknown.

Constrained by limited funds, judicial candidates Lois Conroy and Marc Berris have created YouTube videos to introduce themselves to voters.

They are trying to prevent voters from skipping over them.

KARE 11 looked over 2008 results and found that while 2,910,369 people voted for president, only 2,007,365 people voted for associate justice - supreme court 4.

"That's a third of the electorate," says Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. "The farther you go down the ballot, the less people know."

Ritchie is urging voters to do their homework before coming to the polls.

The same holds true for the amendment questions on gay marriage and voter ID, where the actual wording of the amendments will not be printed on your ballot.

"We're not permitted to put in the ballot what's actually proposed to go into our constitution," says Ritchie.

Instead a short synopsis will be provided. 

"Citizens have to do a lot of extra work to know what's actually proposed."

The Secretary of State's office has provided a new website where voters can access their sample ballots ahead of time and research before showing up to vote.

That website is mnvotes.org.



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