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Secretary of State Ritchie on college tour to encourage student voting

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is visiting 18 colleges and universities around the state this month to promote voter education.

Starting today, when he’s in Duluth at Lake Superior College and UMD, Ritchie hopes to energize students and get them excited about the political process.

Ritchie’s office says eligible voters who are 18 to 24, tend to vote at a lower rate than any other voting-age group. Nationally, an additional 7 million votes could have been cast in the 2008 election if eligible voters under 30 voted at the same rate as older age groups.

On the tour, Ritchie will give a speech called “Democracy and You,” which hits on the importance of voter participation, explains election laws. He’ll also encourage students to become election judges.

Other spots on his tour:

  • April 5, noon, Augsburg College, Minneapolis
  • April 6, 9 a.m., Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids
  • April 6, noon, Hibbing Community College
  • April 8, 2:30 p.m., Minnesota Community Technical College, Minneapolis
  • April 9, noon, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
  • April 9, 4 p.m., Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • April 14, noon, Northland Community College, East Grand Forks
  • April 14, 6 p.m., Bemidji State University
  • April 15, 1 p.m., Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus
  • April 20, 10 a.m., Riverland Community College, Albert Lea
  • April 20, 12:30 p.m., Rochester Community and Technical College
  • April 20, 3 p.m., University of MN-Rochester
  • April 21, 2 p.m., Alexandria Technical College
  • April 26, 1:30 p.m., Southwest State University, Marshall
  • April 26, time to be determined, University of MN- Morris
  • April 28, 1:30 p.m., Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights

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