ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, the Minnesota Senate Elections Committee welcomed Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Elections Director David Maeda to offer overviews to the committee. Secretary Simon presented on the duties of the Office of the Secretary of State, a review of the 2022 Election, and Director Maeda presented an overview of how our election systems work. Directly following the committee hearing, Senator Jim Carlson, Chair of the Elections Committee, gave the following remarks:
“It was my greatest pleasure to welcome both Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Elections Director David Maeda to the Elections Committee to give us an overview of the 2022 midterm elections, explain how our election systems work, and clarify the role of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. Both Secretary Simon and Director Maeda have shown such dedication in ensuring Minnesota’s elections remain fair, secure, and will continue to make strides in removing inequitable barriers.
The Elections Committee is always looking for ways to move Minnesota forward in achieving a fully inclusive democracy that our country has yet to fully realize. In order to make progress on this, it’s important for us to understand how Minnesota’s election system currently functions and how our government assists in that process. Thoroughly understanding these processes better improves the ways we enact progressive election laws that expand voting rights and educates the public to refute misinformation that fuels mistrusting and anti-democracy sentiment. We deeply appreciate Secretary Simon and Director Maeda for delivering such an informative and helpful presentation.”