High Court On Voter ID 28 Aug 12

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday refused a request to throw out the voter photo-ID ballot question. Opponents say the question misleads voters by not saying how the amendment would affect absentee voting and same-day registration. But photo-ID bill author, McLeod County’s Senator Scott Newman, contends the ballot question is a concise statement of the constitutional amendment. He says, beyond that, voters have the responsibility to examine the amendment, educate themselves about it, and vote accordingly. The high court also ruled that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie “exceeded his authority” by proposing titles different from those passed by the legislature to appear above the marriage and voter photo-ID questions on the ballot this November.