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Minnesota DFL chairman endorses tighter voter privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The leader of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota has endorsed an effort to protect the privacy of voters who are required to declare a party preference in the state's March 3 presidential primary.

State Chairman Ken Martin is backing a proposal by DFL Secretary of State Steve Simon to tighten control over what the parties can do with that participation data, which the national parties require.

Under the proposal, only the national parties would get the data and they could use it only to guarantee the validity of the primaries.

Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan calls the DFL concerns "baseless."

Associated Press

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