Wednesday, November 7, 2012
With most ballots in, Yes votes were mired well below the 50 percent needed to change the Minnesota Constitution.
Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have required them to show photo ID before they cast their ballots. It was past 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Associated Press called the ballot question for the Vote No forces. At 1:45 a.m., with 87.47 percent of precincts reporting, the Minnesota Secretary of State estimated that yes votes were 45.74 percent of all ballots cast. Update (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.). Unofficial results now show these results: The ballot measure needed more than 50 percent to pass. Growing Optimism Earlier in the long evening, with about 675,000 ballots counted, Our Vote Our Future spokesman Eric Fought said, "We're optimistic" about the Vote No chances. He added, "It could tighten up a little…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
See a supporter and opponent go head to head on whether the Minnesota Constitution should require voters to show photo identification at the polling place.
Watch archived video of the two sides of the Minnesota voter ID ballot question clash for 90 minutes in an Oct. 4, 2012 debate sponsored by Debate Minnesota, brought to you by The UpTake. Debating for proponents of the proposed amendment: Dan McGrath, executive director at Minnesota Majority. Representing opponents: Doran Schrantz, executive director of ISAIAH, on behalf of Our Vote Our Future. The moderater was St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury. The debate was held at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 E. Seventh St., St. Paul. The ballot question is: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Read briefs in the legal battle over keeping the amendment on the ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday addressing whether the ballot question for this November's "voter photo ID” amendment is misleading. You can read briefs filed in the case online by clicking on the PDF thumbnails. More court documents are at the Minnesota Supreme Court website. An opinion from the justices could come next month. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Minnesota's Fifth District Representative opined on Voter ID in Star Tribune.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) wrote an opinion piece in the Star Tribune Wednesday about the effort to require voters to show photo ID at the polling place: "I went to war for this country, but now I can't vote in this country," said 86-year-old World War II veteran Paul Carroll. Last week, Mr. Carroll was turned away from his polling place in Ohio because his driver's license had expired in January and his new government-issued Veterans Affairs ID did not include his home address. Mr. Carroll risked his life to protect our freedoms from the worst evils our world has ever known, but because of a restrictive photo ID law, he could not exercise the very freedoms he fought to protect. That's just plain wrong. On March 4, thousands spoke out …