The political battle is already gearing up over Minnesota’s proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment, which was approved last week by the Legislature. At least three Ballot Question Committees have filed with the state board that tracks political organizations, and more groups are poised for the fight. Some groups are focusing on legal issues, preparing litigation opposing the amendment, which would require voters to show an ID and affect same-day registration and absentee balloting procedures. Others will focus on the political campaign, with both proponents and opponents trying to persuade voters about the Republican-backed initiative that will be on the November general- election ballot.
“Nonprofits were crucial in getting the Legislature to consider [Photo ID], in getting it passed through the Legislature,” said Steven Schier, a political science professor at Carleton College, “They will be very important in the public debate about it coming up to the vote on the constitutional amendment.”