In an effort to promote voter participation Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is taking it to the field today...Ritchie will be throwing out the game opening pitch for the "Step Up to the Plate and VOTE! day at the new outdoors Twins's stadium Target Field.
Fans will be greeted at the gate by Mark Ritchie staff who will distribute voting information and reminding fans about the August 10 primary as well as the November 2 election. They will be easy to spot in bright red t-shirts that say 'I Will Vote'. In addition, there will be special videos from the Minnesota Twins to the score board encouraging fans to vote.
This is another in a series of ways that Mark Ritchie has engage Minnesotans to vote. Minnesota broke it's all time voter registration record in 2008 as a result of his office outreach efforts. Looks like Secretary of State Ritchie wants to break another record in encouraging all eligible votes. Baseball is America's greatest past-time so it should be no surprise that it's fans be encouraged to 'Step up to the plate and VOTE!
As an aside, I didn't grow up in the States as my parents were military and we lived just about everywhere overseas. After we came back to the states in 1970 my dad took me to see my first professional baseball game. It was easily one of the best days of my life. We saw Vida Blue pitch a no-hit against the Minnesota Twins at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the perfect sunny day under a beautiful blue sky watching baseball and eating peanuts. It's the day I fell in love with baseball.