Secretary of State Project
Formed in the fall of 2006 by a group of progressive California activists, the Secretary of State Project was an American non-profit, progressive or liberal 527 political action committee focused on electing reform-minded progressive Secretaries of State in battleground states, who typically oversee the election process. They hoped to prevent a repeat of Florida 2000, where a Republican Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, appeared to take a partisan role in helping to determine the 2000 presidential election results.
A notable achievement of the Secretary of State Project was the election of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in 2006. Ritchie played a pivotal role in adjudicating the 2008 Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, by examining disputed absentee ballots during the Minnesota Senate recount.
By 2010, the Project had disappeared.
- "Secretaries of state give Dem firewall" Politico article, November 2, 2008.
- "Top vote counter becomes prize job" USA Today article, August 17, 2006.
- "A recount to make Minnesota proud" Mark Ritchie's op ed, Minnesota Public Radio, July 7, 2009.
- "Amid voter I.D. battle, Democrats launch PAC for Secretary of State races", Washington Post, Aaron Blake, December 12, 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
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