The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can find a case of voter impersonation in the state during the last ten years. The group opposes the effort to put a voter ID requirement on Minnesota's ballot. Backers of the idea say it will reduce voter fraud. But the ACLU argues fraud is not a problem here.
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ACLU: Photo ID bounty contest turned up no sign of fraud
The American Civil Liberties Union says no one will collect the $1,000 it posted as a "bounty" for evidence of voter fraud that photo ID legislation would have prevented. The ACLU says no one offered evidence that met the criteria, but Minnesota Majority, a pro-photo ID group, says they had a valid claim.
ACLU leads challenge to voter ID amendment
The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit aimed at keeping the voter ID constitutional amendment off of the statewide ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, League of Women Voters Minnesota and other anti-amendment groups are asking the court to strike down the ballot question. They claim its wording is too vague and misleading.
Minnesota Majority says it has proof of voter fraud, tells ACLU to pay up
The Minnesota chapter of the ACLU last month offered a $1,000 bounty to anyone who can show proof of voter impersonation. Now a government watchdog group claims it has court documents that show someone voted fraudulently in the 2008 election.
Ellison calls on Democrats to oppose voter ID at caucuses
Congressman Keith Ellison is circulating a resolution opposing a voter ID requirement and is urging Democrats to adopt it at their precinct caucuses Tuesday. Republicans in the Legislature hope to put the issue on Minnesota's ballot in November. Ellison says Americans who don't have photo IDs should still be allowed to vote.
Stunner: Voter ID amendment fails
In a shocking upset, the voter ID amendment has failed, and by a sizable margin. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the "no" votes led by nearly 8 percentage points, MPR says. The measure would have amended the state constitution to require voters to bring photo IDs to the polls.
Voter ID group accused of racist campaign imagery
A group opposed to a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo IDs at the polls is accusing the other side of engaging in race-baiting. An image on the website of Minnesota Majority showed a line of people outside a voting booth. The lineup includes three characters in what could be Halloween costumes next to a man in a mariachi outfit and a black man in a prison jumpsuit.
Critics of Voter ID amendment to court: Legislature is misleading voters
Groups that are challenging the proposed Constitutional amendment that would require an ID to vote filed paperwork with the Minnesota Supreme Court in advance of the hearing later this month. They say if the court approves the ballot question as is, it will send the message that the Legislature is free to mislead or deceive voters.
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