The reason? That last sentence just told you something important about the amendment that the ballot question does not. The amendment requires a government issued photo ID. The question that goes before the voter says a valid photo ID. That’s one of six points the Minnesota ACLU, the League of Women voters, Common Cause and other petitioners say makes the ballot question misleading.
The Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on the case on Tuesday July 17 at 1:30pm. The court is moving fast because it would need to make a ruling before the ballots are printed for the November 6 election.
The Minnesota legislature passed the Republican-authored constitutional amendment earlier this year without a single DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor Party) vote. Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, vetoed the bill. But his veto was only symbolic since constitutional amendments do not require a Governor’s signature to go on the ballot.
“This case will decide whether legislators can legally mislead and deceive voters,” said Mike Dean, Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota. “Voters should be concerned about what legislators are not telling them in this question,” Dean said.