Many Minnesotans have been deciding whether they are for or against the Voter ID amendment when they head to the polls in November — but a new lawsuit over the language in the amendment may take the question off the ballot. Several local organizations — including the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters Minnesota — came forward on Wednesday with a lawsuit that says the language is misleading and inaccurate. They hope the Minnesota Supreme Court will intercede. The exact wording reads as follows: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”
Opponents argue the wording fails to inform voters of the potential election law changes that would follow if the amendment would pass. Backers of the amendment say the amendment, which was passed the Republican-controlled state Legislature, is perfectly clear. In a release, they also said the lawsuit was no surprise.
“The opponents have been talking about a lawsuit from nearly the time that the Voter ID bill was introduced in the legislature,” said Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority. “What are these folks so afraid that they feel the need to file a lawsuit trying to block Minnesotans from voting on this issue?”