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…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Minnesota Council of Churches represents the leaders of many Protestant denominations.
Seeking to bring attention to what it calls the "voter restriction amendment," the Minnesota Council of Churches announced its opposition to a state constitutional amendment that would require voters show photo identification at the polls. The amendment, said Rev. Peg Chemberlin, the Council's Executive Director, has fallen too far out of the public eye. "We encourage and want a vigorous debate and conversation in the next few weeks on this amendment," Chemberlin said. "In fact, I hope there's some pushback. I hope people ask 'What's going on? Why have you taken this position?'" In a written statement, the Council's President, St. Paul Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Bishop Peter Rogness said “the fundamental issue …
Monday, August 27, 2012
On Monday, the justices voted 4-2 in favor of the Republican-controlled Legislature on the wording of the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments.
On Nov. 6, the ballot titles and questions for the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments will appear as the Republican-controlled Legislature wrote them, according to the Star Tribune. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the wording legislators chose, instead of those submitted by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. On the ballot, the title above the voter ID amendment will be, "Photo Identification Required for Voting." Ritchie changed it to "Changes to In-Person & Absentee Voting & Voter Registration; Provisional Ballots," but Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea and justices G. Barry Anderson, Christopher Dietzen and David Stras rejected his change. The title above the same-sex marriage amendment will say, "Recognition of …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, justices hear arguments on the titles of Minnesota ballot amendments on voting requirements and same-sex marriage.
Follow Burnsville Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Watch live here, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, as the Minnesota Supreme Court hears oral arguments on competing versions of the titles of the two proposed constitutional amendments set to appear on the ballot in November. Here are the titles for the two amendments, in versions proposed by the state Legislature and composed by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Marriage amendment: Voter Photo ID: Chief Justice Lorie Gildea consolidated two separate cases filed by Republican legislators against Ritchie, a DFLer, for the purposes of Tuesday's hearing. She denied a petition Friday from lawyers for the Republican-led Legislature for more time to make their …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Get in on the controversy and catch these two events live, courtesy of Burnsville Patch and the UpTake.
Don't miss two high profile events at the capitol this afternoon. At noon the Senate ethics committee will hear a complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel, which stems from the affair Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch had with a staffer. Then at 2:00 p.m. the Senate will debate the controversial "voter photo ID" constitutional amendment, which is expected to go to a vote before the day is out. Burnsville Patch will offer a free live video stream of both, thanks to our friends and colleagues at the UpTake. Tune in!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
At the start of the session this Tuesday, returning legislators are focusing on reform.
The last 12 months in have been tumultuous, to say the least, for Minnesota Republicans: a controversial proposal to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, last year's paralyzing state government shutdown and recent shakeups in Republican leadership after the departure of Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch in December, who resigned after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Today, the Minnesota Legislature convenes for session and, from the sound of it, Burnsville's Republican legislators are hoping to make a fresh start. Patch spoke with Sen. Dan Hall and Sen. Chris Gerlach about their impressions of the 2010-11 session and what they expect in the months to come. The three are eager to leave the past …