While Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon touted the state’s voter turnout during an address in St. Cloud, he said there are still many barriers that need to be removed to make voting more accessible. Simon spoke Thursday night at the Stearns History Museum at the St. Cloud State Social Studies Fall Social and Constitution Day Celebration. While addressing the crowd of 30 people, Simon gave a nod to how active Minnesotans are in going to the polls. “Over the past several decades we have proven to the nation we are one of the leaders in the country when it comes to voting and what I mean by that is we turn out in big numbers,” Simon said. “I like to say, in Olympics terms, we’re always on the medal stand. We’re almost always gold, silver or bronze.”
Simon said one of the biggest reasons for turnout is the culture of the state. He said he believes Minnesota has a long-standing tradition of coming together around, “basic and big questions to access of democracy.”
Simon also spoke on the state’s implementation of laws that allow for more voter access. These implementations included same day voter registration, the Motor Voter law that allows residents to register their new drivers license as their voter identification information and no excuses absentee voting.