With less than two weeks until Election Day, a flurry of charges and countercharges flew today in the debate over the voter ID constitutional amendment.
College students from throughout the state gathered at the University of Minnesota today to speak out against the voter ID constitutional amendment.
The push for a voter ID requirement has been a deeply partisan battle, so much so that -- if a proposed constitutional amendment passes -- many of the specifics in next year's legislation could hinge on which party wins control of the House and Senate.
DFL challenger Brian Barnes in the race for the 3rd District House seat took a rare debate opportunity today to try to gain ground against incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen.
Opponents of a proposed voter ID amendment say the requirement would make it difficult for thousands of people to cast a ballot. They say senior citizens are among those most likely to face hurdles. Supporters of voter ID say it's just not that hard to acquire identification.
Military veterans have moved front and center in the debate over Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment.
For voter ID supporters, veterans are a symbol to sell their message of election integrity. Opponents have turned to veterans to point out the potential problems that soldiers could face when they try to vote.
Two Republican lawmakers say they think DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has gone too far in his criticism of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment, which is on the November ballot.
Many opponents of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls say it unfairly deters minorities, the elderly and students from voting, and amounts to an effort aimed at suppressing support from traditionally Democratic constituencies.
Minnesota could become the 34th state to enact a voter identification requirement, but only the second to add it to the state constitution. Other states at best offer only a hint of what might be coming. The laws vary widely, and the details of the proposed Minnesota requirement remain unclear.
Activists are working to get voters to reject the a proposed requirement that Minnesotans show photo identification to vote, which is seen as a setback for civil rights. Some are disappointed that the Minnesota DFL Party hasn't done more to help the anti-voter ID campaign.
Supporters of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment claim the requirement is needed to protect the integrity of the state's election system. They contend the current system is too loose and open to fraud. But several studies have found cases of voter fraud that the ID requirement would prevent are extremely rare.
About 50 Twin Cities religious leaders packed a State Capitol news conference to announce the "Faith In Democracy Campaign" on Thursday.
Many government officials say if passed, the voter ID amendment will come with a multi-million dollar price tag that will ultimately fall to taxpayers. But another new report downplays the financial effect of voter ID and suggests possible long-term savings.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he has "mostly decided" which local construction projects will get to share the $47.5 million in bonding money from a special development fund.
With the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling on a proposed constitutional amendment calling for voters to present ID on the November ballot, groups for and against it are ramping up their campaigns to win voters.