Friday, November 9, 2012
Check out our citywide results for Lakeville and a number of other Dakota County communities.
It's no longer news that the state defeated the proposed marriage amendment, but it could be considered news that the majority of Lakeville voters—considered some of the most conservative in the state—also voted against it. After looking at all the precincts in Lakeville, the marriage amendment was defeated 51.01 percent (16,345 votes) to 48.58 percent (15,565 votes). On the flip side, the voter ID amendment was heavily favored in Lakeville, despite being defeated by the state. Voters in Lakeville preferred the amendment 57.3 percent to 42.06 percent—a 15 point difference. Check out our tables below for citywide results for Lakeville and a number of other Dakota County communities, as well as countywide results for both measures. The Voter…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How did your city vote on the constitutional amendment to require photo ID to vote?
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state Constitution, which would have required photo ID at polling places. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to pass the 50 percent level of support it needed (46.34 percent with all but three Minnesota precincts' results). But if citizens in 14 of these Patch communities had their way, the state Constitution would have a new amendment. Support for the amendment in these cities covered by Patch ranged from 19.30 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 61.23 percent in St. Michael.* "No" in the table below includes ballots on which voter left "Yes" and "No" blank. NOTE: These are unofficial figures until local canvassing boards verify them…
With most ballots in, Yes votes were mired well below the 50 percent needed to change the Minnesota Constitution.
Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have required them to show photo ID before they cast their ballots. It was past 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Associated Press called the ballot question for the Vote No forces. At 1:45 a.m., with 87.47 percent of precincts reporting, the Minnesota Secretary of State estimated that yes votes were 45.74 percent of all ballots cast. Update (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.). Unofficial results now show these results: The ballot measure needed more than 50 percent to pass. Growing Optimism Earlier in the long evening, with about 675,000 ballots counted, Our Vote Our Future spokesman Eric Fought said, "We're optimistic" about the Vote No chances. He added, "It could tighten up a little…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Minnesota Council of Churches represents the leaders of many Protestant denominations.
Seeking to bring attention to what it calls the "voter restriction amendment," the Minnesota Council of Churches announced its opposition to a state constitutional amendment that would require voters show photo identification at the polls. The amendment, said Rev. Peg Chemberlin, the Council's Executive Director, has fallen too far out of the public eye. "We encourage and want a vigorous debate and conversation in the next few weeks on this amendment," Chemberlin said. "In fact, I hope there's some pushback. I hope people ask 'What's going on? Why have you taken this position?'" In a written statement, the Council's President, St. Paul Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Bishop Peter Rogness said “the fundamental issue …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
See a supporter and opponent go head to head on whether the Minnesota Constitution should require voters to show photo identification at the polling place.
Watch archived video of the two sides of the Minnesota voter ID ballot question clash for 90 minutes in an Oct. 4, 2012 debate sponsored by Debate Minnesota, brought to you by The UpTake. Debating for proponents of the proposed amendment: Dan McGrath, executive director at Minnesota Majority. Representing opponents: Doran Schrantz, executive director of ISAIAH, on behalf of Our Vote Our Future. The moderater was St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury. The debate was held at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 E. Seventh St., St. Paul. The ballot question is: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thompson said yesterday's Supreme Court decision was a victory for all Minnesotans.
Editor's note: The following is a press release from State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville. State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, reacted to yesterday's decision by the Minnesota State Supreme Court that upheld the Legislature's actions on two proposed constitutional amendments. The Court ruled as follows: The photo ID question passed by the Legislature is constitutional and should appear on the November ballot; and, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie cannot ignore the Constitution and substitute his own Amendment titles for those provided by the Legislature. Thompson said: "The Supreme Court decision was a victory for all Minnesotans. Opponents of the Marriage Amendment and Photo ID Amendment do not want to …
Monday, August 27, 2012
On Monday, the justices voted 4-2 in favor of the Republican-controlled Legislature on the wording of the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments.
On Nov. 6, the ballot titles and questions for the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments will appear as the Republican-controlled Legislature wrote them, according to the Star Tribune. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the wording legislators chose, instead of those submitted by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. On the ballot, the title above the voter ID amendment will be, "Photo Identification Required for Voting." Ritchie changed it to "Changes to In-Person & Absentee Voting & Voter Registration; Provisional Ballots," but Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea and justices G. Barry Anderson, Christopher Dietzen and David Stras rejected his change. The title above the same-sex marriage amendment will say, "Recognition of …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Regardless of the veto, the Constitutional amendment will be on the ballot this fall.
Less than a week after the Minnesota State Legislature passed the photo ID measure, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it Monday. The passage of the measure puts voters in charge of deciding whether to amend the state Constitution to require that a photo ID be presented at polling locations. However, constitutional amendments do not need the governor's signature, making Dayton's veto a symbolic one. Dayton acknowledged his action won't stop the amendment from appearing on the general election ballot this November, however, he called it a "proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing" in a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove). The amendment "goes far beyond its stated intention to require Photo ID's. Instead, it dismantles Minnesota's…
Sunday, April 8, 2012
State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, updates you on what he's working on at the Capitol.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, released his most recent legislative update.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Voters will weigh in on the constitutional amendment in November.
This November, Minnesota voters will decide whether photo IDs should be required the next time they go to the polls. The Senate, by a 35-29 vote, passed a bill on Wednesday afternoon that will send the question to the ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment. The House passed the same bil learly Wednesday. Because it is a proposed constitutional amendment, Gov. Mark Dayton will not get a chance to approve—or veto—the bill. State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, voted for the measure. The issue has divided the Legislature on party lines, with Republican supporters saying it would add integrity to Minnesota's election system, while Democratic opponents say the measure is unnecessary and could disenfranchise some voters. …