Several groups will tell the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday that language for a proposed constitutional amendment voters will see on the ballot in November is misleading. An UpTake video review of how Republicans drafted and answered questions about the “voter photo ID” amendment indicates they did not want the ballot language to be very detailed and the authors have consistently sidestepped questions about the language.
The question voters will see asks if the constitution should require “all voters to present valid photo identification” to vote. However, the amendment would not require photo ID of all voters. And instead of “valid” IDs as stated in the question, only government-issued photo IDs would be accepted.
Not mentioned in the question is the part of the amendment that would require a separate and potentially expensive “provisional balloting” system for Minnesota.
The court will decide by next month whether the question is so misleading that it should be removed from the ballot.
The court is hearing the case at the request of Common Cause of Minnesota, Jewish Community Action, the League of Women Voters Minnesota and several Minnesota residents.
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