Only days after the Legislature approved a proposed constitutional amendment that will ask voters this November to require that Minnesotans show photo identification at the polls, groups that oppose the measure vowed to fight it in court. “This question is deceptive and misleading to voters and the court should strike it down and reject it,” Mike Dean, executive director of Minnesota Common Cause, said Monday. Dean said his group and the Minnesota chapter of the America Civil Liberties Union are preparing a lawsuit to stop the amendment from getting on the ballot.
His remarks came on the same day that Gov. Mark Dayton issued a symbolic veto of the amendment. The governor argued that thousands of Minnesotans, including the elderly and military members stationed overseas, could be disenfranchised if the amendment passes in November. “This amendment is a proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Dayton said. “It goes far beyond its purported intention to require photo identification. Instead it dismantled Minnesota’s best in the nation election system.” Dayton said he would work to defeat the amendment at the polls.