Voter ID Amendment heads to the voters of Minnesota

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March 26, 2012


ST. PAUL, Minnesota: On Friday, March 23, the Minnesota Senate voted 36-30 to pass the Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment on to the public ballot in November. The most discussed part of the amendment was the system of "provisional balloting" to be put in place. Opponents argued that this system, which would allow votes to be cast by people who register without ID on Election Day, but wouldn't count unless the person returned to confirm his or her identity, would be cost ineffective and lead to votes going uncounted.[1]

The months leading up to November will be a rough one for the amendment as multiple groups have pledged to sue already, including Common Cause of Minnesota, the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the League of Women Voters. Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause of Minnesota, says the lawsuit will aim at the ballot language of the amendment. According to Dean, "The language being provided to voters is extremely confusing and it's unclear what it really means." Laura Fredrick-Wang, executive director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, made a statement along similar lines, saying the, "wording of the amendment not necessarily addressing the scope of what the law could do."

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