Official campaign website for Steve Simon. Steve Simon was elected in 2014 and is the 22nd and current Minnesota Secretary of State.

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Tom Melton · [email protected]
September 23, 2021 at 8:31 PM

quick bump

Wanted to bump Steve’s message. He’s officially running for reelection and needs your help. Will you become a founding member of his campaign by rushing a donation right now? Chip in here → --- Original Message ---   Hi there, Since I was elected as Minnesota’s Secretary of State, I’ve been …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
September 23, 2021 at 1:49 PM

Why I’m running

Hi there, Since I was elected as Minnesota’s Secretary of State, I’ve been defending democracy by removing unnecessary barriers to voting for all eligible voters. Today, I’m launching my campaign for re-election and I’m humbly asking for your support. We’ve opened up our founding memberships a…
Update · [email protected]
September 22, 2021 at 2:25 PM

this is critical for our success

Steve Simon is launching his reelection campaign for Secretary of State this week, and here’s why we need your support: Secretary of State races like this one are going to be targeted by outside groups this cycle. Millions of dollars in misleading attack ads could be flooding the state. Wi…
Steve Simon for Secretary of State · [email protected]
September 21, 2021 at 7:25 PM


BREAKING NEWS: Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is running for re-election! We need 2,500 founding members this week to help him launch his campaign and send a strong message about voting rights here in Minnesota. Will you become a founding member by chipping in any amount right n…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
September 21, 2021 at 3:28 PM

Pass the Klobuchar-Manchin Freedom to Vote Act

We're on the verge of a once-in-a-generation opportunity for American democracy. After weeks of confidential negotiations, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Joe Manchin have unveiled the Freedom to Vote Act. I need your help in getting it passed. We need 5,000 grassroots supporters to sign on i…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
September 10, 2021 at 4:50 PM

What I told USA Today about elections

I just got the chance to brag about Minnesota's democracy in the pages of USA Today! I told them that, "there are aspects of what we do in Minnesota that are exportable." I noted our longtime system of election day voter registration, online voter registration, and widespread opportunities to …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
September 8, 2021 at 8:24 PM

Other states will follow Texas

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott enacted an anti-voting law that goes beyond mere suppression. It's not just unfair and anti-democratic. It's just plain mean. The new law would criminalize efforts to make voting easier for eligible voters. In Texas, and in states like Minnesota, people who …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 31, 2021 at 2:45 PM

ICYMI: quick recap

I’m reaching out because a lot has happened this month. Secretary of State races like the one here in Minnesota are going to be targeted by outside groups this cycle. Millions of dollars could be flooding the state with negative ads. I was one of the eight Secretaries of State, from both pol…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 26, 2021 at 1:30 PM

The attempt to rehabilitate the insurrectionists of January 6th

With the distance of seven months from the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, some national political figures would rather that Americans forget what happened that day; forget that those who attacked the Capitol were trying literally to stop the democratic process by halting the lawful …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 24, 2021 at 3:21 PM

A bipartisan breakthrough on election integrity

I'm proud to announce a big breakthrough in the fight against the Big Lie. Politico says it best: "The nation’s top election officials are calling for more stringent guidelines for post-election audits, as supporters of former President Donald Trump continue to relitigate his defeat in 2020." …
Action Needed · [email protected]
August 19, 2021 at 2:22 PM

this message is really important

"Our Democratic process is really, really, really in trouble, and our secretaries of state are the first responders to this emergency," Ellen Kurz, Founder iVote Secretary of State races like the one here in Minnesota are going to be targeted by outside groups this cycle. Millions of dolla…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 17, 2021 at 9:15 PM

Newest U.S. Political Flashpoint

'Democracy will be on the ballot': Secretary of state races emerge as newest US political flashpoint - CNN Team, In just the latest national piece highlighting the importance of upcoming Secretary of State races like mine. CNN reports that "outside groups plan to spend millions to sway …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 12, 2021 at 10:01 PM

before the outside groups flood Minnesota

Races like mine are being targeted with misleading ads from massive outside, big money organizations. I need to make sure that we have the resources to fight back but I need your help. Will you help us raise another $2,125 by midnight tonight? Click here to send a donation of $5 or more now → -S…
Steve Simon for Secretary of State · [email protected]
August 11, 2021 at 5:46 PM

Outside groups

Did you see this? ↓↓↓ Outside groups "are preparing to pour millions of dollars into races for secretary of state" for this election cycle. - The Hill We need to be prepared for the influx of cash and misleading ads. The national organization most likely to target Steve has raised mor…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 10, 2021 at 3:34 PM

Feeling the heat from the spotlight

New Spotlight on Secretaries of State as Electoral Battlegrounds. - The Hill Races like mine in Minnesota are being targeted with misleading ads. We need to make sure that we have the resources to fight back, which is why we are aiming to raise another $7,500 this week to stay on track. Will…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
August 3, 2021 at 6:26 PM

Former President Trump pressured the DOJ

Trump News Update → The Justice Department has released notes from a conversation in where then-President Trump urged the acting U.S. Attorney General to call the 2020 election "corrupt," adding "leave the rest to me." Just think about it: A President of the United States pressured the chief la…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 31, 2021 at 9:01 PM

Takeaways from the first January 6th hearing

This week's first hearing of the Select Committee on the January 6th attack was extraordinary. The testimony of the four Capitol police officers who battled the rioters was raw and riveting. We won't soon forget it. And we shouldn't. Here are my biggest takeaways: First, the goal of the attack…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 27, 2021 at 3:32 PM

Today’s hearing...

Today is the first meeting of the House Select Committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The goal of the Committee will be to determine precisely how and why the mob stormed the Capitol. Let's recall what we already know: The mob was inspired to violence by the ral…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 22, 2021 at 8:30 PM

What I said to the Texas legislators fighting for voting rights

Yesterday, I had the honor of talking virtually to the Texas House legislators who have made national news by leaving their home state to derail passage of harsh legislation that would impose cruel new barriers to voting and would criminalize steps to make voting more accessible. They are right t…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 20, 2021 at 7:01 PM

Speaking out against spreaders of disinformation

Hi there: Former President Trump has renewed his spread of disinformation about the 2020 election. In an interview with the Washington Post, he called the election "rigged, "stolen," and "the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in this country." His comments are not just provably wrong, they're de…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 14, 2021 at 7:08 PM

Voting rights are in jeopardy in Texas

The Texas legislature has introduced a bill that would severely restrict voting for hundreds of thousands of people. The proposed legislation would ban drive-through voting and 24-hour voting, two popular and successful methods of balloting that nearly 140,000 people used in the Houston area al…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 12, 2021 at 2:34 PM

The Supreme Court just flattened the Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court just undermined the federal Voting Rights Act. Again. As one prominent observer wrote in Slate Magazine, "In theory, the Voting Rights Act still stands. In reality, it has been flattened into meaningless symbolism." The Court made it much harder to challenge voting laws t…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
July 7, 2021 at 3:37 PM

Proud to be chosen as a "Democracy Defender"

Hi there: I have good news to share. Two prominent national voting rights groups, End Citizens United and Let America Vote, have just endorsed my re-election - calling me a "Democracy Defender." They selected only six candidates nationwide for their first round of endorsements, choosing those …
Steve’s iphone · [email protected]
June 30, 2021 at 11:40 PM

can we connect?

As Secretary of State I’m working to remove as many unnecessary barriers as possible for all eligible voters. I have work to do, and you can help me to continue doing it. Our deadline is at midnight tonight and we still need to raise $1,251 before then. Here’s a link, thank you in advance for any…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 30, 2021 at 2:01 PM

why I’m reaching out

Hi there: Secretaries of State are in the democracy business. And it’s an important time to be in the democracy business right now with so many legislatures passing bills to make voting harder. With an opponent and dark money groups ready to try to defeat me, I need your help to make sure I ca…
Steve Simon for Secretary of State · [email protected]
June 29, 2021 at 3:37 PM

re: following up

Did you see Tom’s email yesterday? We’re up against our biggest fundraising deadline of the year and we need your help to close our budget gap. We need to raise another $8k by tomorrow night. Will you consider chipping in now? ---- Original Message ----   Hi there: As Secretary of State, Stev…
Tom Melton · [email protected]
June 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM

the next 48 hours

Hi there: As Secretary of State, Steve Simon’s job is to keep standing up for the truth - and for our democracy. With voting rights coming under assault here in Minnesota and around the country, we need people like Steve fighting for us. And he has done that despite threats against him. But h…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 24, 2021 at 3:31 PM

"Pure insanity": The conspiracy theories that led to post-election pressure

Hi there: Newly disclosed emails reveal that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows improperly pressured the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election results. It may be worse than you think. Meadows' emails offer a disturbing glimpse into the breadth of the effort to discredit t…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 22, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Because of threats, we considered leaving our house

Hi there: Last January, my wife and I had to decide whether to move our family into a hotel. At a Minnesota rally protesting the outcome of the 2020 election, an organizer shouted into a bullhorn "We're coming for you" and "Don't make us do something we don't want to do." Since then, the threa…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM

leaked video...

Hi there: We know that the effort in several states to roll back voting rights and to make voting harder is part of a coordinated national effort. In a leaked video from a private meeting with donors, we found out that a national organization is spending $24 million to make it harder for people…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 8, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Experts warn: "Our entire democracy is now at risk."

Hi there: Recently, in what some have called "a frantic warning," over 100 democracy experts from across the country issued a statement saying that "our entire democracy is now at risk." The statement refers to the Big Lie about the 2020 election, which has inspired efforts in state legislatur…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
June 4, 2021 at 3:12 PM

A shameful stonewalling of the truth

Hi there: Last week, the U.S. Senate killed the proposal for an independent bipartisan commission to examine the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. The Commission had the votes of many Democrats and Republicans - a clear majority, but not enough for the required supermajority of 60 or mo…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
May 26, 2021 at 5:17 PM

Arizona's newest election "audit" is a dangerous stunt.

Hi there: You may have heard about the ongoing "audit" of 2020 election results in Arizona. Actually, it's not an "audit" in any real sense. It's a stunt - which is why some have nicknamed it a "fraudit." Despite multiple official (real) audits and reviews completed months ago, the Arizona stat…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
May 19, 2021 at 9:05 PM

The roll-back of voting rights is coordinated.

Hi there: We know that the effort in several states to roll back voting rights and making voting harder is part of a coordinated national effort. In a leaked video from a private meeting with donors, the head of a national conservative organization bragged about how easy it has been in many sta…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
May 13, 2021 at 3:15 PM

I need to know if you’re fighting alongside me

Hi there: Last week, I joined secretaries of state and other partners to call on Congress to pass the For the People Act. Secretaries of State are in the democracy business. And it’s an important time to be in the democracy business right now with so many legislatures passing bills to make voting…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
May 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM

TODAY in the U.S. Senate:

Hi there: I like to say that we Secretaries of State are in the democracy business. And it’s an important time to be in the democracy business with so many legislatures around the country (and in Minnesota!) passing laws to restrict voting. That’s why it’s more important than ever that Congress…
Take Action · [email protected]
May 6, 2021 at 4:58 PM

we need your help right away

We’re bumping Steve’s important message. We take voting seriously in Minnesota so we can’t take our access to the ballot box for granted. The Minnesota Senate just passed Voter ID legislation that could potentially restrict the voting rights for hundreds of voters in this state. We can’t let that …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
May 4, 2021 at 4:40 PM

restricting access to the ballot box

Hi there: This is twice in two weeks that the Minnesota Senate has passed legislation that will make it harder for Minnesotans to vote. Yesterday, they passed a "voter ID" bill that would take us backwards by making voting much harder in Minnesota - for no good reason. It's an unwelcome blast f…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
April 30, 2021 at 7:30 PM

can I ask you a favor?

I wanted to reach out before our midnight deadline tonight. As Secretary of State, I’m working to remove as many barriers as possible for all eligible voters - but I need your help so that I can keep doing my work. I need another 50 people to join me before midnight. Will you be one of them? Ple…
Tom Melton · [email protected]
April 29, 2021 at 4:45 PM

We need your help re: voting rights

Did you see that earlier this week the Minnesota Senate passed awful legislation that would make it harder for Minnesotans to vote? Steve is doing all he can to remove barriers to voting and ensure that the Minnesota Senate does not succeed in restricting the right to vote. With just two days unt…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
April 26, 2021 at 11:19 PM

A cruel way to suppress votes

BREAKING: The Minnesota Senate just passed a bill that will make voting harder in our state. We need to fight back. All eyes will be on us for the next 24 hours to show that we won’t stand for making voting harder. Chip in now → Hi there: This issue is personal for me. Years ago when my…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
April 20, 2021 at 3:30 PM

My Walter Mondale Story

Hi there: Today we mourn the loss of Walter Mondale, an American hero and statesman. I first met him when I was 17. I told him I was interested in public service, and asked if he had any advice. He smiled. "Don't worry about sleep," he said. "You can sleep when you're dead." His point, I think…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
April 7, 2021 at 8:30 PM

SIGN ON: Don't let them gut our election system

Hi there: The Minnesota Senate is on the verge of passing a dangerous elections bill that takes us backwards. Minnesota is #1 in the nation in voter turnout in large part because of our pro-voter laws like Election Day voter registration, a proven and popular part of our system that hundreds of…
Team Simon · [email protected]
March 31, 2021 at 5:15 PM

what happened in Georgia could happen in MN

Wanted to make sure you saw Steve’s note yesterday. Steve is right - the new law in Georgia is unfair, unjust, and unacceptable. But we are not without hope. Steve has made it his mission as Minnesota’s Secretary of State to move us forward by removing barriers to voting. Can you make a donation …
Steve Simon · [email protected]
March 30, 2021 at 7:10 PM

We can’t just get mad

Hi there: Georgia just went backwards. Once a regional leader in civil rights, the state has just passed a dangerously restrictive new election law that will make voting harder for millions of voters. This new law would restrict the use of drop boxes for people to deposit their absentee ballots…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
March 24, 2021 at 6:15 PM

SIGN ON: Pass the For the People Act

Hi there: As Secretary of State, I'm in the democracy business. I can tell you that right now we have the chance to pass a once-in-a-generation package to reform American democracy. It's called the For the People Act. The U.S. House has already passed it. But now, we need the U.S. Senate to act…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
February 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM

What I said to CNN

  Dear Friend,   With the impeachment trial as a backdrop, and election issues getting a lot of attention, I recently joined two other Secretaries of State on a piece for CNN about how best to safeguard our future elections.        Here's the bottom line: Despite huge challenges, like…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
January 29, 2021 at 12:30 AM

They're baaaack!

  Dear Friend,   Here's the bad news: Multiple proposals to impose a strict photo ID requirement for voting are back.    Here's the good news: I'm actively trying to stop them.    Even though Minnesotans soundly defeated a photo ID constitutional amendment at the ballot box just a few ye…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
January 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM

An attack on democracy itself

  Dear Friend,   Yesterday was a heartbreaking day for America.   We witnessed an attack on democracy itself, incited by leaders (including a President of the United States) who know this kind of assault is deeply destructive. In the end, the attackers failed. And they will always fail, as…
Steve Simon · [email protected]
January 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Georgia shows why integrity matters.

  Dear Friend –   By now you've heard about President Trump's phone call last weekend to the Secretary of State of Georgia, in which he urged the Secretary to "re-calculate" the election results. The call was a textbook example of corruption, featuring threats and intimidation and suggestions…