Court allows Legislature to join voter ID case, denies others

The Minnesota Supreme Court will allow the state Legislature to defend the wording of a ballot question for a photo ID constitutional amendment.

An order issued today allows the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate to intervene in the lawsuit filed by amendment opponents to try to remove the question from the statewide ballot. The ACLU, League of Women Voters and other groups and individuals are claiming the question has mistakes and omissions.

The order denies intervention motions from state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, and Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, who were the chief authors of the photo ID constitutional amendment bill. An intervention motion from the group Minnesota Majority was also denied. However, the group and the two legislators are allowed to file amicus briefs.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on July 17.

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