Minnesota 2012 ballot measures
Two ballot measures have been certified for the 2012 ballot in the state of Minnesota.
- Both measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.
- Both measures were defeated.
- Since only legislatively-referred constitutional amendments are allowed in Minnesota, proposals must be made during the state's legislative session. The 2011 regular session began on January 4 and ended on May 23.
- The 2012 state legislative session began on January 24, 2012 and ended on May 21, 2012. Legislative referrals could have been sent to the 2012 ballot during this time.
On the ballot
|Amendment 1||Marriage||Would ban same-sex marriage.|
|Amendment 2||Elections||Would require people to present photo identification to vote.|
Not on the ballot
|Active Duty Legislators Amendment||Admin. of gov't||Would establish a defined succession procedure for members of the Legislature that are called into military service.|
|Early Childhood Education Amendment||Education||Would require the state to provide early childhood education.|
|"Right to Work" Amendment||Labor||Would ban mandatory union membership and/or payment of union dues.|
|Judicial Retention Election Amendment||Judicial reform||Would replace judicial contests with retention elections.|
|Legislator Compensation Amendment||Admin. of gov't||Would give control of legislator salaries to the Compensation Council.|
|Lt. Governor Abolishment Amendment||Admin. of gov't||Would abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor.|
|Longer Legislative Terms Amendment||Admin. of gov't||Would lengthen the terms of legislators by two years.|
|Majority Vote Amendment||Elections||Would require that any single-member district office holder be elected by a majority of the votes cast.|
|Corporate Personhood Amendment||Elections||Would define the term "person" as "natural person" wherever it appears in the MN Constitution, excluding corporations as persons.|
|Property Owner Voting Amendment||Elections||Would permit the owners of agricultural land, noncommercial real estate, or small business properties to vote on local levies where the property is located.|
|Right to Bear Arms Amendment||Hunting||Would guarantee the right for citizens to keep and bear arms.|
|Sales Tax Increase Repeal||Taxes||Would repeal the 2008 Minnesota Sales Tax Increase.|
|Spending Cap Amendment||State budgets||Would establish a cap on state spending, provide exemptions in exigent circumstances.|
|Staggered Senate Elections Amendment||Elections||Would establish staggered senate elections.|
|Standing Appropriations Amendment||State budgets||Would forbid standing appropriations.|
|Supermajority for Tax Increases Amendment||Taxes||Would require a three-fifths majority in both chambers to approve any state tax increase.|
|Term Limits Amendment||Term limits||Would impose term limits on state legislators.|
Local ballot measures
Since 2000, Minnesotans have considered only 2 ballot measures. Of these two, all two have passed. Both of these ballot measures focused on tax issues. However, the nineties saw a greater diversity of ballot measures with amendments concerning veterans affairs, state lottery proceeds, and hunter's rights.
- KARE 11, "Republicans are pushing for dozens of changes to Minnesota's constitution," January 28, 2012
- Crookstone Daily Times, "Minn. legislative session could see lots of voter amendments," January 23, 2012
- Associated Press, "Yes, no, maybe? '12 Minn. session could see raft of conservative goals become voter amendments," January 22, 2012
- ABC.com, "State Senator Takes On Minnesota Unions," January 22, 2012
- Forbes, "With budget stalled, GOP eyes Minn. Constitution," May 6, 2011 (dead link)