The main group supporting a constitutional amendment to require people to show photo identification at the polls has so far slightly outraised the lead DFL group in opposition.
The measure, carried by Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer in the House and Sen. Scott Newman in the Senate, will now officially head to the ballot this fall.
Hopes for a last-ditch legislative deal that would avert a GOP constitutional amendment to require photo identification at the polls all but expired last week when no Republican lawmakers showed up to stand with Gov. Mark Dayton at a news conference on the subject.
The ACLU board filed papers has establishing Vote No 2012, an effort to defeating amendments from same-sex marriage and right to work to proposals that would restrict tax increases and spending.
More than a dozen religious leaders delivered a letter signed by hundreds of their counterparts to legislative leaders hoping to keep Voter ID off the ballot this fall.
By most accounts, a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes was a key sweetener offered by House Republican leaders last summer in their efforts to entice the chamber’s most conservative members into voting for the budget deal that ended Minnesota’s historic government shutdown.
The Independence Party's joining of Minnesotans United for All Families is the latest sign the group will comprise a broad swath politically active groups.
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