Constitutional Amendments and the 2012 General Election
In the 2012 General Election there will be two proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in Minnesota.The proposed changes to the Minnesota State Constitution are as follows:PROPOSED AMENDMENT 1 (Minnesota Session Laws 2011, Chapter 88)UNDERLINED TEXT IS WHAT IS PROPOSED TO BE ADDED TO THE MINNESOTA CONSTITUTIONArticle XIII, Sec. 13. Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.WHAT MINNESOTANS WILL SEE ON THE BALLOT
AMENDMENT 1RECOGNITION OF MARRIAGE SOLELY BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN
PROPOSED AMENDMENT 2(Minnesota Session Laws 2012, Chapter 167)UNDERLINED TEXT IS WHAT IS PROPOSED TO BE ADDED TO THE MINNESOTA CONSTITUTIONArticle VII, Section 1. (a) Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.(b) All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot. The state must issue photographic identification at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the requirements of this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law.(c) All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.
WHAT MINNESOTANS WILL SEE ON THE BALLOT
AMENDMENT 2PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR VOTING
Additional Information about Constitutional Amendment 2 - Impact of Constitutional Amendment on Elections- Why Proposed Amendment Would End Same-day Registration- Provisional Balloting Process- Impact of Proposed Amendment on Voting by Mail
WEBSITE LINKS TO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT INFORMATIONIn accordance with Minnesota Statutes 10.60 the Office of the Secretary of State will provide a link to the website of any individual or group advocating for or against or providing neutral information with respect to any ballot question. In order for the link to appear on the website, organizations or individuals must submit a request in writing and provide to this office a valid website and email address. Requests may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155.
Click here to view the list of organizations providing information regarding the amendments.
This office has also provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions that Minnesotans have asked regarding the amendment process and the general election. If you have a question that is not answered here, please send your question to email@example.com and we will do our best to provide an answer.
Click here to print a poster (PDF format) of the language of the proposed Constitutional Amendments and the language that you will see on your ballot. The poster prints on 8.5 X14 legal-sized paper.
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