Minnesota SOS will lead National Association of Secretaries of State

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January 18, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minnesota: Democratic Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has been elected as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), succeeding Matthew Dunlap, the former Maine Secretary of State. "It is an honor to have been elected by my peers to guide the association into the coming year," Ritchie said. "This is an opportunity to foster cooperation between the states and share Minnesota's successes in election administration and business services."[1]

Founded in 1904, the NASS is the oldest nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the country, composed of the Secretaries of State from all fifty states and U.S. territories. The president of the organization is normally elected to served a single year term. Ritchie's case, however, is an exception. Dunlap, whose term began in July 2010, was replaced at the start of the new year as Maine Secretary of State after Republicans took control of both houses of the State Legislature, which selects officials to serve in the statewide executive position.

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