MN Supreme Court Could Rule Voter Photo ID Amendment Unconstitutional
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Published on Jul 19, 2012
Opponents of a proposed "voter photo ID" Minnesota constitutional amendment argue it shouldn't be on the fall ballot because the question put to voters is misleading. However, it's possible that the Minnesota Supreme Court could instead just declare the entire amendment unconstitutional.
Justice Paul Anderson seemed to advocate for declaring the amendment unconstitutional just minutes into oral arguments on the amendment when he started questioning the attorney for groups petitioning to have the amendment struck from the ballot.
Justice Anderson reasoned that since voting is a fundamental right enshrined in the constitution, it was "game,set, match" that restrictions on fundamental rights were unconstitutional. He chided the petitioning groups for not making that argument. Those groups were asking the court to stick to the precedent of its 2006 Breza v Kiffmeyer ruling where it found ballot questions need to be misleading before the court can take them off the ballot.
"I think you may be looking at a blanker slate than you may think," Justice Anderson said.
The amendment would require a government issued photo ID of most voters, but some absentee voters might only need to give the last four digits of their social security number. It would also require a new provisional balloting system for people who do vote in person, but do not have their photo ID with them. The ballot question does not mention the provisional balloting system and says that all voters must have a "valid ID", but doesn't mention it must be government issued.
Petitioners defend their strategy
Common Cause is one of the groups asking the court to take the amendment off the ballot. Mike Dean of Common Cause said despite what Justice Anderson said, going after the wording of the ballot question instead of the constitutionality of the amendment was the right strategy, but said the court could just declare the amendment unconstitutional.
"I mean that was one justice", said Dean. " I think he raised an important issue though going forward and you know the court could still move in that direction if they so desired. I mean the court has sort of broad ability to do that. I think we've questioned the constitutionality of photo ID for quite a long time. And so whether that's in hindsight, was that a better strategy? I really can't answer that. But I think overall, he raised some important questions throughout this and feel very confident about the outcome for today."
The court is expected to rule on the case before Minnesota starts printing its election ballots. The Secretary of State's office says it needs a ruling by August 27 to modify the ballots and would prefer to have a ruling no later than August 21.
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