Minnesota Secretary of State addresses election security in Winona

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says Minnesota has one of the top election systems in the country in terms of voter turnout, youth outreach, security, and more.

That was his message Tuesday evening at a “Pints and Policy” discussion with the public at Ed’s No Name Bar in Winona.

He talked to an audience about this year’s election and how easy it is to vote.

He reminded people that early voting has already started, and it’s still not too late to request an absentee ballot.

Simon also says federal officials continue to warn of security threats, and his staff is working to stay on top of them.

“This is a thing that is going to last, that we should expect this kind of attempt from more sources, and more often, and so we’re on it,” Simon said. “We’re working with the federal government on that very closely, with intelligence officials, with IT professionals, and we feel very good about where we are.”

Simon also visited with Winona State Students Tuesday.

His office organizes competitions at Minnesota colleges to increase voter registration and mock elections with high school students to encourage future voters.

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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