The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday in a 4-2 decision rejected a lawsuit that alleged a voter ID ballot measure was misleading and unclear.
Residents in Minnesota will decide this November whether voters must show government-issued photographic identification before casting a ballot. However, the ballot question only mentions a “valid ID” and does not specify that it must be a government-issued ID.
The American Civil Liberties Union, who filed the lawsuit earlier this year, said the ballot measure also incorrectly describes who has to present an ID before voting and fails to mention the new provisional ballot system.
"The Minnesota State Legislature wasn't telling voters the truth about its proposed photo ID requirement for voting, and they have a right to know," said Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project. "Not only is this part of a wave of laws that have already had a severe impact on the right to vote nationwide, but this particular amendment effectively spells the end of Election Day registration, which significantly increases turnout."
The proposed constitutional amendment passed by a party-line vote in the Senate in April, with Democrats opposing the measure. Republicans said the proposed amendment would protect against voter fraud, but Democrats accused it of being a solution in search of a problem that could disenfranchise legitimate voters.
The ACLU of Minnesota has offered $1,000 to any resident of the state that can find a case of voter fraud that would have been prevented by a voter ID law.
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