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.
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A group promoting picture IDs at the polls switched out an illustration called racist by critics. The Minnesota Majority substituted a woman in a Canadian t-shirt and a cartoon white man in prison garb for the previous illustration that included a black man in prison stripes and a person wearing a Mariachi outfit.
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.
Group fighting Voter ID amendment issues cost estimates
A group opposed to the Voter ID Constitutional amendment Minnesotans will vote on in November estimates changes required by the amendment would cost state and local governments at least $33 million and possibly twice that amount. The Center For Election Integrity Minnesota says individual Minnesotans could spend a similar amount assembling the documents needed to qualify for state-issued IDs.
Backers of voter ID hope to intervene in lawsuit
Opponents of proposed Constitutional amendment requiring that voters show a photo ID have filed a lawsuit asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to take the question off the November ballot. Now a group supporting voter ID wants to intervene in the suit. Members of Minnesota Majority are not confident state officials will vigorously defend the amendment question at next month's hearing.
Group: Voter ID requirement hurts Native Americans
A tribal advocacy group says new voter identification laws in a dozen states hinder the ability of some Native Americans to vote, the Associated Press reports. Among the issues is that some homes in tribal communities have no addresses, a new report says. The study cites other issues: "barriers of cost, logistics and distance to obtaining required IDs."
Voter ID amendment advances at Capitol
Proposals for a constitutional amendment requiring photo IDs at polls are just a step away from reaching the House and Senate floors, MinnPost reports. Constitutional amendments, if approved by the Legislature, go straight to voters. They do not require Gov. Dayton's signature, so he cannot veto them.
Polls find dead heat in Marriage Amendment, edge for Voter ID support
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Voter ID headed to House floor
The measure advanced through a House committee on a party-line vote Monday. If the House and Senate pass the proposal, then voters in the November election will decide whether to amend the state constitution to require that all would-be voters present a photo ID before they cast a ballot.
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