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August 30, 2014

Ballot measure title fights come to Minnesota high court

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear more arguments Tuesday over the wording of two highly controversial November ballot measures.

Supporters of the marriage amendment and the photo ID amendment are seeking to stop Secretary of State Mark Ritchie from writing titles that the supporters find misleading and worry might hurt the chances for passage, the Star Tribune reports. Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson argue that state law requires Ritchie to write the titles, and that the wordings he chose accurately describe the two amendments.

Lawyers arguing over titles for the state’s two proposed constitutional amendments won’t get extra time to make their case at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reports. An order Monday from Chief Justice Lorie Gildea denied a request for additional time from lawyers representing state lawmakers and advocacy groups supportive of the amendments and of the titles selected for them by the Legislature, the newspaper says.

The Uptake is offering a live video stream of the arguments.