Thursday, November 8, 2012
Apple Valley voters split down the middle on the constitutional amendment to require photo ID to vote.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state Constitution, which would have required photo ID at polling places. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to pass the 50 percent level of support it needed (46.34 percent with all but three Minnesota precincts' results). But if citizens in 14 of these 36 Patch communities had their way, the state Constitution would have a new amendment. Support for the amendment in these cities covered by Patch ranged from 19.30 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 61.23 percent in St. Michael.* (Lake Minnetonka Patch covers several cities, including Minnetrista, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, Mound, Shorewood, Orono, Spring Park, Deephaven, Long Lake and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
With most ballots in, Yes votes were mired well below the 50 percent needed to change the Minnesota Constitution.
Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have required them to show photo ID before they cast their ballots. It was past 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Associated Press called the ballot question for the Vote No forces. At 1:45 a.m., with 87.47 percent of precincts reporting, the Minnesota Secretary of State estimated that yes votes were 45.74 percent of all ballots cast. Update (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.). Unofficial results now show these results: The ballot measure needed more than 50 percent to pass. Growing Optimism Earlier in the long evening, with about 675,000 ballots counted, Our Vote Our Future spokesman Eric Fought said, "We're optimistic" about the Vote No chances. He added, "It could tighten up a little…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Read briefs in the legal battle over keeping the amendment on the ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday addressing whether the ballot question for this November's "voter photo ID” amendment is misleading. You can read briefs filed in the case online by clicking on the PDF thumbnails. More court documents are at the Minnesota Supreme Court website. An opinion from the justices could come next month. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
Friday, March 23, 2012
If the bill passes the Senate on Friday, the question of whether a photo ID should be required to vote will go on the November ballot.
The Minnesota Senate will be voting today on whether photo IDs should be required at the polls on Election Day. If the bill passes, the question will go on November's ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment to be decided by Minnesota voters. The state House passed its version of the bill after a nine-hour debate Tuesday that spilled into Wednesday morning. Because the issue is being handled as a proposed constitutional amendment, Gov. Mark Dayton would not get a chance to approve or veto the bill. Both of Senate District 57's House members—Republican Reps. Kurt Bills and Tara Mack—voted in favor of the proposal. The final 72-62 vote in the House was, in fact, purely along party lines. Republican supporters have argued that the bill …