This seat has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats the last three elections. Both parties say it is crucial to controlling the House this year. Rep. Mary Sawatzky (DFL) is one of the few DFLers who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is stepping down after two terms that have been filled with battles over voters rights — from recounting absentee ballots in the very close U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, to fighting back against a voter suppression “voter photo ID” constitutional amendment, to making Minnesota’s absentee balloting easier and “excuse free.” The lines that were drawn in those battles between Ritchie (a Democrat) and Republicans remain in place as Democrat Steve Simon takes on Republican Dan Severson. Simon promises to carry on and expand Ritchie’s work. Severson would like more restrictions on voting in the name of preventing “voter fraud.”
Monday, the Humphrey school at the University of Minnesota hosted a forum with the four candidates for secretary of state. Elections expert and Election Academy director Doug Chapin moderated the conversation with Severson, Simon, Libertarian candidate Bob Odden and Independence Party candidate Bob Helland.
Post debate interview
Minnesota Republican endorsed secretary of state candidate Dan Severson claims the new "no-excuse" absentee ballot legislation which allows any registered voter to absentee vote without an excuse specifically excludes military personnel from this privilege, requiring them to provide an excuse. The secretary of state office says Severson is wrong.
Video Replay & Transcription- Rep Tim Walz Debates Jim Hagedorn In Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District
This is the first debate between Rep. Tim Walz (DFL) and Jim Hagedorn (R) to be live streamed. The Minnesota first congressional district debate was at Mankato’s South Central College.