Lawsuit claims that Photo ID Amendment language is misleading


Several groups have joined together to file a lawsuit with the Minnesota Supreme Court over the language of the Photo ID Amendment on the 2012 ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, the League of Women Voters Minnesota, Jewish Community Action and Common Cause Minnesota filed the lawsuit.

The biggest thing the Republicans want to do is eliminate same-day registration. This lawsuit addresses the fact the ballot measure is just a ruse to eliminate it.

“If you look at the various versions of the ballot measure considered by the legislature this session, you can see that [Republicans] tried to deceive Minnesota voters,” stated Mike Dean, Director of Common Cause MN. “The first version proposed by Rep. Kiffmeyer this March was much more honest with voters than the one before voters right now.”

“It included language that the ID must be government approved,” continued Dean. “And voters must go through eligibility verification prior to voting.”

“This lawsuit is an attempt on behalf of voters in Minnesota to ensure that voters have all the facts when considering this change to the constitution,” Dean concluded.

Watch livestreamed video of the press conference announcing the lawsuit here.

Here are what is misleading:

  1. The ballot language says all voters would be required to present valid IDs to be able to vote, but not all voters would be required. For example, absentee voters would not be required to present valid IDs.
  2. The ballot language says that the state would provide free IDs to all eligible voters when the law would only provide IDs to people who don’t already have government issued IDs.
  3. The ballot language only talks about Photo ID being required when the bill would actually institute provisional balloting.

Here is what the ballot language omits:

  1. Fails to disclose that it would institute provisional balloting. The next legislature would have to set it up.
  2. Fails to disclose that only government-issued IDs are valid.
  3. Fails to disclose that it would end same-day registration.