This year, some ballots, like those in Florida, are so long and filled with candidates and issues that elections officials are encouraging voters to vote early to avoid possible lines on Election Day. The issues on the ballot range from gay marriage to gambling to ethics to tax levies. In several states however, the issues on the ballot are the elections themselves. In Minnesota voters will decide whether or not photo ID should be required to cast a ballot in future elections, in Arizona voters will decide whether or not to revamp the state’s entire primary system and in Illinois, residents in East Saint Louis will vote whether or not to eliminate city’s election board.
While most voter ID issues are being decided in courts this year, in Minnesota, it’s the residents who will decide whether or not voters will need to show a photo ID at future elections in the North Star State. And even though the battle is being waged at the ballot box instead of in the courtroom, it has proved no less contentious. After two voter ID bills approved by the Minnesota Legislature were vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton, former secretary of state and current state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer and other legislators proposed a constitutional amendment to require photo ID. The proposed amendment moved fairly easily through the Minnesota Legislature to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:
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