Early Voting Up 65 Percent In MinnesotaA steady flow of people filed into Hennepin County's election office Wednesday and waited their turn to cast their ballot in the 2014 November general election. Deputy Secretary of State Beth Frazier says the use of absentee ballots is up 65 percent this year compared to the 2010 election. "The pace is higher, is faster than it was in 2010," Frazier said. "More people are voting absentee than they did in the last non-presidential election."
More Voters Are Turning In Ballots EarlyElection Day is about three weeks away and early voting is already proving to be more popular this year. The Secretary of State's Office has released new numbers saying they've accepted more than 22,000 absentee ballots.
Judge: Not Enough Proof To Boot GOPer From BallotA court referee said Thursday there's not enough evidence to toss Republican state Rep. Bob Barrett from the November ballot over a residency dispute. A voter connected to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party petitioned the Supreme Court to have Barrett disqualified, submitting photos of his empty home and affidavits from neighbors as evidence he actually lives outside his central Minnesota district, but Barrett contended he does.
Ballot Plan For Minimum Wage Battered Yet AdvancesDespite a collection of traditional adversaries aligning in opposition Friday, Democratic senators advanced a proposed ballot measure to let voters resolve a legislative deadlock over the minimum wage. A Senate jobs panel endorsed a constitutional amendment on a party-line vote over the objections of business, labor, faith and other advocacy groups. The measure would let voters decide if increases in the minimum wage should be automatically tied to inflation starting in 2017.
Independence Question Vexes Minn. Campaign BoardMinnesota campaign finance regulators wrestled Tuesday with how to maintain adequate separation between candidates and political groups independently spending money on key races.
Wis. DNR Wants Wolf Rules On Spring Ballot The Department of Natural Resources wants to ask outdoor lovers what they think of new wolf-dog hunting rules.
Minn. Senate Leader Wants Higher Amendment Bar Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol's helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.
Ruling: Gauthier Had Right To Withdraw From RaceThe Minnesota Supreme Court says the Democratic Party had the authority to put another candidate's name on the ballot after Rep. Kerry Gauthier decided he would not seek re-election for his Duluth-area legislative seat.
Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Politics Edition Hard to believe that the election is almost here. I'm gonna miss the ads. I believe some candidate stole my grandma's purse, gave the money to millionaires and took the leftovers for a pay raise.
Minn. AG: Law Permits Change In Ballot Title Minnesota's attorney general argued Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was acting within his power when he revised the title of a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.
Marriage Amendment's New Debate: Ballot PhrasingIn November, Minnesota voters will decide how the constitution will define marriage. Now there's a debate over what the title of the amendment should be on the ballot.
Minn. Lawmakers To Hire Law Firm In Voter ID Case Top Minnesota lawmakers have approved an $18,000 legal expense in a fight to preserve a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
Fargo Lawmaker Heads Medical Marijuana Initiative In NDSupporters of legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota turned in a proposed initiative Tuesday to put the issue on the November ballot.
Fmr. Catholic Priests: Vote 'No' On Gay Marriage AmendmentA group representing 80 former Catholic priests from throughout the state of Minnesota gathered at the Lake Harriet band stand this morning to encourage a no vote on the marriage initiative for the Minnesota Constitution.
Talking Points: Voter ID, Marriage Amendment On BallotWhile the Minnesota House and Senate have to iron out differences in their voter ID bills, it does appear that a constitutional amendment requiring voters to present a photo ID will be on the November ballot.