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Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon says he expects to ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a ruling that voter data sought by a conservative election watchdog group is public.

A Ramsey County judge sided with the Minnesota Voters Alliance last July, and the Court of Appeals upheld that decision Monday.

The group sued to obtain data on millions of voters that Simon's office contends should be kept private. The data pertain to a voter's status including whether they've been challenged, the reason for that challenge and their voting history.

The courts say the data is public under Minnesota's open records law. Much of the other data in the Statewide Voter Registration System is already public.

The alliance says it wants to see if the data shows voter fraud.

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that voter data sought by a conservative election watchdog group is public.

A Ramsey County judge ruled in favor of the Minnesota Voters Alliance last July, and the Court of Appeals upheld that decision Monday.

Much of the data in the Statewide Voter Registration System is public. The group sued to obtain data on millions of voters that the secretary of state's office contended was private. The data pertain to a voter's status including whether they've been challenged, the reason for that challenge and their voting history.

The courts agreed that the data is public under the state's open records law.

The alliance says it wants the data so it can assess how many ineligible people vote in Minnesota.


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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and first lady Gwen Walz have marked Tax Day by releasing their 2018 federal and state tax returns.

The Democratic governor and his wife reported total income of just over $212,000 in 2018, mostly from his salary as a congressman. They paid $31,500 in federal taxes and nearly $12,000 in state taxes. They claimed nearly $26,000 in itemized federal deductions, including nearly $8,200 in gifts to charity.

The Walzes ended up owing the federal government nearly $4,300 that wasn't covered by their withholdings, and another $79 to the state.

The governor on Monday posted his 2018 returns on his website , along with his previous tax returns dating back to 2006. He says it's a demonstration of his commitment to leading a transparent and honest administration.

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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is releasing her latest tax return as she calls on President Donald Trump to "quit hiding from the American people" and make his returns public.

The Minnesota senator released her 2018 tax return Monday. She's previously released 12 years of returns , dating back to the first year she ran for federal public office. She says it's because she believes in "transparency and accountability."

Trump has refused to make his tax returns public. He's traveling Monday to Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and that he's hoping to flip in 2020.

Klobuchar's 2018 return shows that she and her husband, attorney and law school professor John Bessler, paid $65,927 in federal taxes on an adjusted gross income of $338,121.

AP

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