Photo ID issue

  • July 17, 2012 - 9:23 PM


The latest: Lawyers argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court on language of a photo ID ballot question to be submitted to voters in November.

Background: Last year DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a photo ID bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. This year the Legislature voted to put the issue on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.

Lawsuit: The League of Women Voters-Minnesota and others opposed to photo ID sued, saying the ballot question that voters will see does not accurately represent the changes proposed for the state Constitution.

Response: The Legislature said throughout state history, ballot questions have been written by the Legislature and have been general in nature. It is up to the voters to inform themselves on the specifics of the issue -- much as they do when deciding among candidates.

What's next: The secretary of state has asked for a ruling by Aug. 27.

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