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New My Ballot site offers ‘one-stop shopping’ for Minnesota voters

The Secretary of State’s Office launched a new tool on Tuesday that sets up an individualized, one-stop shop for voters to easily view candidate and ballot question information tailored to their location.

The site, called My Ballot, displays every candidate on a prospective voter’s ballot, plus links to campaign websites where available and the text of the two constitutional amendments.

It’s designed to provide busy Minnesotans with the ability to make informed decisions on Election Day.

“As Secretary of State, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of voter education and providing voters access to information for them to make informed decisions in the upcoming election,” Mark Ritchie said in a press release. “My Ballot is a one-stop voter’s guide to individual General Election ballots and extends the services that my office provides to voters.”

The site also features sample ballots and links for voters to easily find their polling places, as well as information about absentee voting and voter registration.

“We expect quite a bit of traffic on this,” Ritchie said at the press event.

The Secretary of State’s Office typically receives about 1 million page views a month. That number roughly doubles to about 2 million closer to Election Day.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dave Eischens on 09/19/2012 - 12:48 pm.

    Good catch James

    The My Ballot tool on the SOS website is a good thing. Info access was easy, understandable and non-partisan. Plus there are links to see if you’re registered, and where to vote. Overall I’d say this is a job well done by our elected representatives to make voting more clear and encourage a more involved citizenry.

    For the proposed amendments you have to drill a bit deeper than the glossy prose on the ballots, but you can see the full text as well as SOS statement of impact. At least for voting law changes. The additional info web-links give interested orgs a chance to make their case and as of right now is balanced 5 links yes and 5 links no, which seems fair.

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