Ritchie looks back on his time as secretary of state

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie speaks to students before the start of the Model Legislature program Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Winona State University's Tau Center in Winona, Minn.
AP Photo/Winona Daily News, Andrew Link

Minnesota's top election official is finishing up his last few weeks on the job.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie opted not to seek a third term. He'll step down in January when another DFLer -- Steve Simon -- takes his seat.

As elections chief, Ritchie presided over two high-profile statewide recounts: the 2008 U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman and the 2010 gubernatorial race between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer.

Ritchie joins The Daily Circuit to talk about his time in office, the future of Minnesota elections and his future.

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