From the front row: recap of supreme court argument over voter ID amendment and why it mattersSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:05
From the front row: recap of supreme court argument over voter ID amendment and why it matters
By Gabe Kravitz | 09:49 am
I grew up with an eye on Minnesota politics and spent summers interning at the state capitol watching the floor debates on TV; but on July 17th in Saint Paul I had a front row seat. The Minnesota Supreme court heard a challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require valid, state-issued photo identification for voting in Minnesota, and I was courtside.
The room was abuzz and the Justices were beyond well-prepared. The lawyers on both sides had barely introduced their arguments when the storm of questions rained down from the bench and struck to the core of the issue. It was intimidating. At trial was whether the amendment question, as it is being put to the voters, is misleading.