Steve Simon, who first took office in 2015, oversaw and certified Minnesota’s election in 2020, in which then-Sen. Joe Biden dashed the re-election hopes of Donald Trump by more than seven points statewide.
Seeking his third consecutive term as the secretary of state, Simon ran his campaign working to dispel myths seeking to erode trust in Minnesota’s election system, including doubts stirred up by Republican challenger Kim Crockett.
“I want to build on Minnesota’s success story; 2020 was the ultimate stress test for our democracy, and we passed the test. In Minnesota, I’d say we aced the test,” Simon said in an exclusive interview this fall with Forum Communications.
DFLer Steve Simon, who is running for his third term, has spent much of his time on the campaign trail trying to dispel myths about the election system and boosting confidence in Minnesota elections administration. GOP challenger Kim Crockett is running largely on the premise that the current election system is vulnerable to fraud and manipulation.
From the editorial: "'I’m not saying we don’t have challenges and glitches. Of course we do, but … we feel good about the core things, about health and safety. We feel good about security. We feel good about turnout. Overall, I’m optimistic.'"
Secretary of State Steve Simon easily turned back a primary challenge from DFL candidate Steve Carlson during the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election. Kim Crockett beat Erik Van Mechelen in the GOP primary.
Ahead of elections, local polling places are required to open to the public to show their ballot counting equipment is accurate and in working order. Typically it’s a routine affair that doesn’t attract much interest, but election administration has been thrust into the spotlight following unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud in 2020.
Attorney General Keith Ellison and Secretary of State Steve Simon accepted their party's endorsement for a second term during the Minnesota DFL State Convention on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.