Republican legislators expressed vindication after the Minnesota Supreme Court sided in their favor on a pair of contentious issues relating to proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Legislature has the authority to provide titles for ballot questions and ordered Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to utilize the House and Senate's titles for proposed constitutional amendments prohibiting gay marriage and requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
This month’s meager primary voter turnout has caused Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties to once again mull moving the primary to June. Just 9 percent of registered Minnesota voters turned out for the August 14 primary.
Earlier this month, 8th Congressional District GOP activist Terry Stone drafted a letter to House Speaker Kurt Zellers. It urged Zellers to begin the unprecedented process of impeaching DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
It was a fine midsummer’s party and a fitting celebration of Minnesota’s formidable and abundant public policy talent.
Despite the continuing legal drama surrounding the two constitutional amendments headed for this fall's ballot, the groups formed to support or defeat the amendments to outlaw gay marriage and mandate voter ID are in something of a holding pattern.
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Conservatives looking forward to seeing two of their signature issues voted on this November as constitutional amendments were outraged when Secretary of State Mark Ritchie unveiled the titles that will introduce the questions on the ballot.
Just hours after Republican lawmakers and groups announced a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for changing the title of a proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment, the two-term DFL elections chief announced he has also changed the title of Republican's proposed photo I.D. amendment.
A handful of state legislators and members of Minnesota for Marriage, the lead group campaigning in favor of the amendment, said at a Monday news conference that they have filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court against Ritchie and Swanson.
The Legislature will spend $18,000 to intervene in the Voter ID suit before the Supreme Court.
The national push to require voters to present photo identification at the polls is shaping up to be as much a windfall for lawyers in Minnesota as it has been elsewhere.
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