Jim Ragsdale

State Capitol reporter | Minnesota state government/politics
Jim Ragsdale covers Minnesota state government and politics.

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Fraud, voting rights groups will keep vigil at polls

Volunteers, hot lines will be available to challenge questionable activities.

Updated: November 05, 2012, - 12:14 AM

Voter ID: Fraud prevention or fiasco?

A week before Election Day, sponsor of amendment defends the proposal in a debate with a prominent critic.

Updated: October 31, 2012, - 06:14 AM

Voter fraud: Stuffing ballot boxes or the stuff of myth?

As decision day nears on the voter ID amendment, there's little agreement on whether fraud is a problem in Minnesota.

Updated: October 29, 2012, - 06:37 AM

Minnesota Poll: Passage of Voter ID shows 12-point edge

More than half of those surveyed support a constitutional amendment requiring photo ID.

Updated: October 27, 2012, - 03:54 PM

Dispute over military voting heats up Minn.'s photo ID campaign

Opponents say in a TV ad that the amendment would make military IDs invalid, a point being contested by proponents.

Updated: October 25, 2012, - 06:25 AM

Nation's racial legacy shapes Minnesota's voter ID debate

Both sides campaign by laying claim to furthering Voting Rights Act.

Updated: October 24, 2012, - 05:32 AM

Handful of races could decide control of Legislature

Republicans have narrow majorities in both bodies for the first time in nearly four decades.

Updated: October 16, 2012, - 08:45 AM

Photo ID amendment: Fraud buster or expensive boondoggle?

Two vocal and high-profile Republicans traded barbs Tuesday on the contentious plan to require a photo ID for Minnesota voters, raising the dueling specters of widespread fraud and runaway expenses.

Updated: October 10, 2012, - 05:37 AM

53 percent say Dayton is doing good job

After two years of budget battles, vetoes and the longest state shutdown in Minnesota history, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is winning the popularity battle with the GOP-controlled Legislature, a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.

Updated: September 27, 2012, - 11:05 PM

Minnesota Poll: More than half back voter ID, but support is down

Minnesotans favor a constitutional change that would require voters to show a photo ID, but support has weakened dramatically over the past year.

Updated: September 26, 2012, - 01:13 PM

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