Wednesday, November 7, 2012
With most ballots in, Yes votes were mired well below the 50 percent needed to change the Minnesota Constitution.
Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have required them to show photo ID before they cast their ballots. It was past 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Associated Press called the ballot question for the Vote No forces. At 1:45 a.m., with 87.47 percent of precincts reporting, the Minnesota Secretary of State estimated that yes votes were 45.74 percent of all ballots cast. Update (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.). Unofficial results now show these results: The ballot measure needed more than 50 percent to pass. Growing Optimism Earlier in the long evening, with about 675,000 ballots counted, Our Vote Our Future spokesman Eric Fought said, "We're optimistic" about the Vote No chances. He added, "It could tighten up a little…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Commissioners in MN's biggest county are set to vote Tuesday on the resolution, and they could do more to defeat the proposed change to the state Constitution.
A majority of Hennepin County commissioners want you to vote "No" on the proposed Voter Photo ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. The county board is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing the change and asking voters to vote against it in the Nov. 6 general election. (See first PDF.) In seven Whereas clauses, the resolution argues that: Board chair Mike Opat said he introduced his resolution near Election Day for greatest impact. And he said he might push for further steps to get the board majority's view on the issue to the public—such as by promoting a "Vote No" message online or by other means. Lone Opponent? At least one commissioner is opposed to any county Vote No efforts. Jeff Johnson cast the lone vote against the …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Read briefs in the legal battle over keeping the amendment on the ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday addressing whether the ballot question for this November's "voter photo ID” amendment is misleading. You can read briefs filed in the case online by clicking on the PDF thumbnails. More court documents are at the Minnesota Supreme Court website. An opinion from the justices could come next month. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
Friday, June 22, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between June 14 and June 21.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** Plymouth Man Charged For Selling Fake Phones Mario Samson of Plymouth was charged with selling refurbished and counterfeit cellular telephones on the Internet, claiming they were brand new. He could face up to 10 years of prison time if convicted…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Minnesota's Fifth District Representative opined on Voter ID in Star Tribune.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) wrote an opinion piece in the Star Tribune Wednesday about the effort to require voters to show photo ID at the polling place: "I went to war for this country, but now I can't vote in this country," said 86-year-old World War II veteran Paul Carroll. Last week, Mr. Carroll was turned away from his polling place in Ohio because his driver's license had expired in January and his new government-issued Veterans Affairs ID did not include his home address. Mr. Carroll risked his life to protect our freedoms from the worst evils our world has ever known, but because of a restrictive photo ID law, he could not exercise the very freedoms he fought to protect. That's just plain wrong. On March 4, thousands spoke out …