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Legislative rights affirmed

August 29, 2012
The Journal

The Minnesota Supreme Court this week affirmed the right of the Minnesota Legislature to pass constitutional amendments for the consideration of voters, and to name them.

Three decisions announced Monday said that the state's Voter ID amendment should stay on the ballot, denying a League of Women Voters suit that said it was too misleading, and ruled that the Legislature, not the Secretary of State, has the right to name the amendments. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie had changed the names of the Voter ID amendment and the Marriage amendment in ways that critics said cast the amendments in a negative light.

We agree wholeheartedly with the naming rights decision. But on the issue of the Voter ID bill, the question on the ballot does not give the whole picture of what the amendment to the constitution would say. The amendment will require more than just making voters show an ID, it requires the state to allow voters without ID to cast provisional ballots, which would be counted only after the voter provides the proof of identity.

That's why it is important for voters to educate themselves before they step into the ballot box.

 
 

 

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