SOSing the vote

In These Times
by Phoebe Connelly

10/18/06

Mark Ritchie knows how to get people to the polls. In 1986, he founded the League of Rural Voters and in 2004, he founded November 2, a nonpartisan voter registration that registered 5 million voters. So this year, instead of returning to his job at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he decided to run for secretary of state. 'I became aware that free and fair elections are the way we pick policymakers who really matter,' says Ritchie. 'The secretary of state in my state, like in other states, had transformed her office into a partisan arm of the Republican Party.' Nonpartisan administration of voting, he says, is the only way to guarantee 'free and fair elections to pick the policy makers who then make the rules about food and agriculture and trade'...

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