Minnesota Amendment 2

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Minnesota Amendment 2 (also called Voter ID Amendment[1]) was a proposed legislatively referred constitutional amendment that was on the ballot on November 6, 2012. It was defeated with 53.84% voting against and 46.16% for the measure.[2]

Legislative approval[edit]

The Minnesota Legislature approved the amendment for the ballot in April 2012 on essentially a party-line vote. The amendment was promoted by Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who had formerly served as Minnesota Secretary of State.[3]

Support and opposition[edit]

Institutional support for the measure broke down largely by party, with DFL leaders opposing the amendment, and Republicans supporting it. The two most recent Secretaries of State lined up on opposite sides, with Kiffmeyer pushing for adoption, and Mark Ritchie speaking against it.

Opinion polls[edit]

Date of opinion poll Conducted by Sample size For Against Undecided/Other Margin of error Question
May 2–5, 2011[4] Star Tribune 806 adults 80% 18% 2% ±4.7% "Please tell me if you would favor or oppose … requiring Minnesota voters to show a photo ID in order to vote."
May 23–24, 2011[5] SurveyUSA 552 RV 76% 18% 1% not sure
4% not vote
±3.6% "If an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution were on the ballot, that requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls, would you vote for the amendment? Against the amendment? Or not vote on the measure?"
June 6–8, 2011[6][7] Rasmussen Reports 1,000 LV 75% 18% 7% ±3% "Should voters be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote?"
January 21–22, 2012[8][9] Public Policy Polling 1,236 voters 65% 30% 4% ±2.8% "Do you think the Minnesota Constitution should be amended to require that voters present a current and accurate driver's license, state ID, or voter ID card in order to cast a ballot, or not?"
January 31 – February 2, 2012[10] SurveyUSA 542 RV 70% 23% 4% not sure
4% not vote
±4% "If an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution were on the ballot that would require voters to show photo I.D.'s in order to vote on Election Day, how would you vote?"
May 31 – June 3, 2012[11] Public Policy Polling 973 voters 58% 34% 8% ±3.1% "Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters?"
July 17–19, 2012[12] SurveyUSA 552 LV 65% 28% 4% not sure
2% not vote
±4.1% "An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution on the ballot would require voters to show photo I.D.'s in order to vote on Election Day. Will you vote FOR the amendment? Against the amendment? Or not vote on the measure?"
September 6–9, 2012[13] SurveyUSA 551 LV 62% 31% 7% ±4.1% "Also on the ballot is a measure about voter identification. It asks: 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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" ?"
September 10–11, 2012[14] Public Policy Polling 824 LV 56% 39% 5% not sure ±3.4% "Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters?"
September 17–19, 2012[15] Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. 800 LV 52% 44% 4% ±3.5% "The November ballot will include several proposed constitutional amendments. One asks "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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?"
October 5–8, 2012[16] Public Policy Polling 937 LV 51% 43% 6% not sure
0% won't vote
±3.2% "Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters?"
October 12–14, 2012[17] SurveyUSA 550 LV 53% 40% 7% ±4.3% "Also on the ballot is a measure about voter identification. It asks: 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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" "
October 15–21, 2012[18][19] St. Cloud State University Survey 600 LV 55% 39% 3% not sure
3% won't vote
±5% "This November Minnesota voters will vote on two proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution. One proposed amendment will ask, "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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" If you were to vote today, would you vote for the amendment, vote against the amendment, or not vote on this issue??"
October 23–25, 2012[20][21] Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. 800 LV 53% 41% 6% ±3.5% "The November ballot will include several proposed constitutional amendments. One asks "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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" If the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the amendment NO against the amendment"
October 26–28, 2012[22] SurveyUSA 574 LV 55% 40% 5% ±4.2% "Also on the ballot is a measure about voter identification. It asks: 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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" "
November 1–3, 2012[23] SurveyUSA 556 LV 48% 48% 5% ±4.2% "Also on the ballot is a measure about voter identification. It asks: 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 identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" "
November 2–3, 2012[24] Public Policy Polling 1,164 LV 46% 51% 3% not sure
0% won't vote
±2.9% "Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters??"

Results[edit]

Constitutional Amendment 2
Photo identification required for voting
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 1,588,752 53.84%
Yes 1,362,030 46.16%
Total votes 2,950,782 100.00%
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State - Results for Constitutional Amendments

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minnesota voter ID amendment defeated
  2. ^ Voter ID Amendment
  3. ^ Voter ID amendment is now up to Minnesota's voters
  4. ^ MINNESOTA POLL DATA: Vast majority back photo IDs for voting
  5. ^ 24 Hours After Pawlenty Enters 2012 Presidential Contest, He Fails to Carry Home State of Minnesota in Head-to-Head with Obama
  6. ^ 75% Support Showing Photo ID At The Polls
  7. ^ Questions - Elections - June 6-8, 2011
  8. ^ Minnesota Survey Results
  9. ^ Dayton Sees Strong Approval in Minnesota
  10. ^ In Minnesota, Obama Takes All Comers; Klobuchar Re-Elected, Marriage Amendment Supported; Dayton Plus 17, Legislature Minus 48
  11. ^ Minnesotans’ opposition to marriage amendment growing
  12. ^ In Minnesota – Obama Carries the North Star State, 6 Atop Romney 3 Months Till Voting Starts; Klobuchar Re-Elected to U.S. Senate
  13. ^ In Minnesota, 8 Weeks Till Votes Are Counted, Obama 10 Points Atop Romney; Marriage Amendment Narrowly Favored; Klobuchar Sails
  14. ^ Minnesota split on marriage amendment
  15. ^ MINNESOTA POLL RESULTS: Voter ID amendment
  16. ^ Minnesota marriage amendment narrowly trails
  17. ^ 3 Weeks Till Votes Are Counted, 'Yes' on Minnesota Marriage Amendment Now in Jeopardy; Obama Steady Atop Romney; Klobuchar Re-Elected:
  18. ^ St. Cloud State poll shows slender lead for opponents of marriage amendment
  19. ^ FALL STATEWIDE SURVEY OCTOBER, 2012
  20. ^ Voter ID amendment: The poll results
  21. ^ How the poll was conducted
  22. ^ In Minnesota, Marriage Amendment Remains Too-Close-to-Call; Romney Creeps Up on Obama, But Is It Enough to Make a Difference?
  23. ^ In Minnesota, Marriage Amendment Teeter Totter May Be Tipping, But Is It Enough To Defeat Ballot Measure?
  24. ^ Obama up 8 in Minnesota, amendments trail for passage