A group supporting an amendment to the state’s constitution requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls says it will seek to intervene in a lawsuit on the issue before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority, said the group plans to file a motion Friday, June 8, to intervene because it lacks confidence that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will vigorously defend the proposed amendment against a lawsuit seeking to keep it off the November ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit May 30, arguing the ballot question is misleading. The state Supreme Court has set oral arguments for July 17.
“Essentially, we feel the need to have somebody that is going to be in place to actually argue in favor of keeping the issue on the ballot,” said Davis at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Ritchie “has already clearly stated his intention to try to defeat the initiative,” Davis said. “We just think it puts him in a clearly conflicted role.” A spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office declined to respond to Minnesota Majority’s comments, saying the office does not comment on pending litigation.