FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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WASHINGTON D.C. — After Sec. Steve Simon secured the Democratic nomination for reelection, and Kim Crockett clinched the Republican nomination for Minnesota Secretary of State, Semedrian Smith, deputy executive director of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS), issued the following statement:
“Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has proven time and again that he will protect our right to vote and keep moving Minnesota elections forward. In the state legislature, Sec. Simon wrote the laws allowing for all voters to register online and request no-excuse absentee ballots. He has also been instrumental in making it easier for our military members to vote overseas, while stopping domestic abusers from using the voter rolls to further inflict violence on victims. Under Steve’s leadership, Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans can count on Sec. Steve Simon to ensure that all eligible voters – no matter the color of their skin, their party affiliation, their zip code, or the amount of money in their bank account – will be able to cast a ballot and have their voices heard. And at a time when our democracy faces an existential threat from extreme Republicans, he will stand up to the false claims and conspiracy theories that are poisoning our elections.
“Voters should be deeply concerned with Kim Crockett’s record. She has a history of making racist remarks and has questioned whether non-English speakers and people with disabilities should be allowed to vote. She is a right-wing extremist who is willing to peddle Donald Trump’s stolen election lies and conspiracies about voting machines. Crockett wants to restrict early and absentee voting, and same day registration – all of which would make it harder for Minnesotans to vote. Putting Kim Crockett in charge of Minnesota’s election system and voter registration would be irresponsible and dangerous.”