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Secretary of State expands Minnesota voter resources, adds 10 new languages

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Just in time for August primaries, 10 additional languages have been added to the state's voter resources, making it the largest collection of foreign language voter resources ever to be made available by the Secretary of State’s Office, Secretary Steve Simon announced.

The languages are included on the website, mnvotes.org, which is dedicated to providing Minnesotans with important voter information.

The new languages included are Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Materials in the Karen language will be added before the general election on Nov. 8.

“As the son of an immigrant, I know how important it is to provide our New Americans with voter resources in their native language — something Minnesota has done since 1896 when voter information was provided in languages like Norwegian and German,” Simon said in the release.

Languages were chosen based on census data of eligible voters in Minnesota.

On the website, Minnesotans eligible to vote can find information regarding important election dates, who can vote, how to register to vote, same-day registration, voting locations and hours and much more.

Information in any available language is available for download at no cost (click here).

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