Voter ID Amendment
Minnesota voters came out in record numbers again this year.
The Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature believed putting the Voter ID and Marriage Amendments on the ballot would increase voter turnout, help Republican candidates statewide, and boost their majorities in both houses of the legislature.
Minnesota voters have shot down the Voter ID amendment, but even just a few weeks ago, it had overwhelming support. So, how did this happen?
Minnesotans have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required a photo ID before they could vote in future elections.
Minnesota voters had the economy weighing heavily on their minds as they decided Tuesday whether to extend Democrats’ long dominance of presidential politics in the state. Meanwhile, the state’s voters cast ballots on two proposals to significantly rewrite the state’s constitution.
The latest polls show Minnesotans are split on a state constitutional amendment to requiring identification to vote. With the race so close, both sides have been working furiously to get out the vote.
Minnesota voters are weighing in on dozens of races, including ballot initiatives about gay marriage and voter ID, the presidential race, representatives for Congress and the U.S. Senate.
Minnesota voters will decide on Election Day whether to make all voters show photo IDs in future elections — a decision that could have far-reaching implications in a state known for robust turnout.
According to a new survey of 600 randomly-chosen Minnesotans of voting age, St. Cloud State University pollsters found that of likely voters, 51 percent planned to vote against the constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman.
One of the most contentious issues on the ballot in Minnesota this year is the Voter ID Amendment, which would require a government-issued ID to vote.
Minnesota’s Voter ID Amendment got a public airing in Maplewood on Tuesday night.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman released a video called “Case Closed: Clean Elections in Hennepin County,” which touts clean elections and criticizes the voter ID amendment.
Supporters of a proposed Minnesota voter ID amendment say it will protect the integrity of the state’s election system, while opponents point to several studies finding the kind of fraud the proposed requirement is designed to prevent is extremely rare.
A group in support of the Gay Marriage Amendment in Minnesota this fall went to court today. They’re trying to stop Secretary of State Mark Ritchie from changing the title on the ballot in the voting booth, which they called “political meddling”.
Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson is concerned about what the Voter ID amendment would mean if passed.