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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie on Wednesday unveiled a series of election-reform proposals for the Legislature to consider. Ritchie will push for an earlier primary election, early voting and changes to the state's election recount laws. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Ritchie pushes early voting

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ST. PAUL - Lessons from 2008 guide Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's 2009 legislative agenda.

The state's top election official is calling for an earlier primary election, a new in-person voting system ahead of Election Day and fundamental changes to Minnesota's absentee voting laws.

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"Our system is basically sound," Ritchie said Wednesday. "But we also have the opportunity to see some of the things that we could make improvements on."

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