by Paul Demko
Published: August 29, 2012
Tags: Christopher Elmendorf, Craig Burnett, Mark Ritchie, marriage amendment, photo I.D., Scott Newman, Supreme Court, Vladimir Kogan, Warren Limmer, William Pentolovich
Republicans won an unequivocal victory on Monday in a pair of Minnesota Supreme Court rulings on issues related to constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against a petition brought by government watchdog groups who contended the photo ID ballot question will mislead voters.
Just hours after Republican lawmakers and groups announced a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for changing the title of a proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment, the two-term DFL elections chief announced he has also changed the title of Republican's proposed photo I.D. amendment.
The main group supporting a constitutional amendment to require people to show photo identification at the polls has so far slightly outraised the lead DFL group in opposition.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: March 30, 2012
Tags: Carla Nelson, constitutional amendments, Dave Thompson, Doug Magnus, Doug Wardlow, Freedom Club, Jeremy Miller, Kurt Zellers, Laura Bordelon, photo I.D., right to work, Steve Drazkowski, Tony Cornish
GOP legislators began sounding the constitutional amendment drumbeat even before the start of Session 2012.
The proposal, authored by freshman GOP Sen. Scott Newman, passed on a 36-30 vote after nearly five hours of debate. GOP freshman Sen. Jeremy Miller voted with all DFLers against the measure.
A proposal to require in the state Constitution that Minnesota voters present a photo ID at the polls is headed for full Senate approval on Friday.
Following Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the long-sought legislation to require photo identification at the polls, Republican legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to put the question to voters in 2012.
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the long-sought Republican legislation to require photo identification at polls, citing an "already exemplary election system" in the state and a lack of bipartisan support.
The House passed a bill requiring voters to submit a photo ID at the polls on a vote of 74-58. The bill faces a likely veto from Governor Dayton.
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