MN Supreme Court smacks down Sec’ty of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles

posted at 1:21 pm on August 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In November, Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman — exactly as it is currently defined by statute now.  The legislature passed the bill adding the referendum in order to keep judges in the state from overriding the statute, as has been done in other states, and allowing only the democratic avenues of constitutional amendments as a means to change the definition.

The legislature provided a specific title for the ballot measure, “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman,”  and oddly expected Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to use that title. Instead, Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.”  He did the same to the voter-ID constitutional referendum that will also appear on the ballot.  Backers of the amendment took Ritchie to court, and yesterday the state Supreme Court reversed Ritchie’s changes and scolded him for exceeding his authority:

In a victory for Republican lawmakers and allied groups, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that two constitutional amendments will be presented to voters in November in the form the GOP-majority Legislature intended.

In two 4-2 rulings Monday, Aug. 27, the court dismissed a challenge to the wording of the proposed voter ID question and rejected Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s attempts to rewrite the titles of the voter ID and marriage amendment questions. …

“We conclude that when the Legislature has included a title for a ballot question in the bill proposing a constitutional amendment, the ‘appropriate title’ the secretary of state must provide for that ballot question is the title designated by the Legislature,” the court wrote. Ritchie “exceeded his authority” by substituting titles of his own for the ones passed by the Legislature, it said.

This is actually filled with irony, especially on the marriage question.  The entire purpose of the constitutional amendment is to make sure that one person can’t simply change the definition of marriage, but that any change be accomplished through representative and direct democracy.   In order to thwart that, one person (albeit an elected rather than appointed official) decided to unilaterally change the definition of the ballot initiative for his own agenda.

Gary Gross focuses on the impact of the voter-ID change, noting that liberal groups wanted the voter-ID initiative stricken from the ballot altogether, a move the court rejected:

This is a stinging defeat for “liberal-leaning groups” and for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. These “liberal-leaning groups” included the ACLU-MN, Common Cause of DC and the League of Women Voters-MN. This was their last hope of stopping Photo ID from becoming part of the Minnesota Constitution. They know that it will pass if put to a vote of the people.

This is a stinging rebuke for Secretary of State Ritchie. He did his best to give the Photo ID a confusing title so people wouldn’t recognize it on the ballot. This afternoon, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that he didn’t have the authority to change the title that the legislature had given the proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment and the so-called Marriage Amendment.

This wording must sting the ACLU-MN and the League of Women Voters-MN:

The court majority wrote that the photo ID ballot question “is not so unreasonable and misleading” that it should be taken off the ballot. The justices said striking the question from the ballot would have been “unprecedented relief” and that the voters will be “the sole judge of the wisdom of such matters.”

This ruling essentially puts organizations like Common Cause of DC and the League of Women Voters-MN behind the proverbial 8-ball going into November’s election. If the vote on the Photo ID amendment were held today, it likely would pass with overwhelming support.

Polls show significant support for both bills, perhaps overwhelming for the voter-ID initiative.  The marriage amendment will be trickier, in part because of the constitutional requirements for amendment initiatives.  Unlike other ballot questions, which simply count the votes cast for each candidate or measure (such as bonding questions), constitutional amendments must be approved by a majority of all ballots cast.  In other words, a blank on the question counts as a “no.”  Supporters of both amendments have to work hard to make sure voters understand that an abstention is actually a negative vote on these measures.  Voter-ID is popular enough that it would almost certainly survive some voter ignorance on this point, but the marriage amendment will be a closer call.  Having an unbiased title will certainly help.


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BISHOP!!!!!!

ToddPA on August 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’m surprised that he didn’t rename it the:

But Jesus Said We Could! amendment.

Complete with biblical citation, of course.

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OhEssYouCowboys on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

A liberal attempting to be deceptive??? Who ever heard of such a thing?

AubieJon on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Adolf Soros is deeply saddened by this turn of events.

rickyricardo on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

So a Democrat Secretary of State cheats to enable more cheating. I wouldn’t call that irony. Just confirmation of what Democrats do.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Instead, Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.”

Calling a spade a spade.

mythicknight on August 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

What did this Ritchie tool name the voter ID legislation — The Imposing Impossible Burdens on Poor and Minority Voters as a Diabolical Means of Suppressing their Votes bill?

AZCoyote on August 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I’m surprised that he didn’t rename it the:

But Jesus Said We Could! amendment.

Complete with biblical citation, of course.

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OhEssYouCowboys on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

LOL! Taken from the gospel of Bruce, I’m sure.

AubieJon on August 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Things be-a-changing in the land of a bazillion Lakes.
What’s in the water up there ?

Jabberwock on August 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Gee, isn’t one of the lefty catch-phrases “This is what democracy looks like”?

I’m sure Hinderaker at Powerline is doing a happy-dance right now.

M240H on August 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

At least the folks in MN will be allowed to vote to keep the definition of marriage, unlike MA…

catquilt on August 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Awesome news.

Ritchie is a product of Soros’ Sec of State project in 2006, and is thus exceedingly partisan and an angry hack.

Now, being that it’s MN, the ID amendment will pass, but the marriage one may not, but in the end, the voter ID amendment is more important, in my opinion. Others are free to disagree.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Lying liars lying, over and over and over again…

Dag gum cheats! I am glad the Minnesota Supreme Court did what they did and slapped down the disgusting Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Why do these homophobe republicans hate gay, women, black, the disabled, wind energy, children, hispanics, and poor?

Outrageous outrage coming in 5…..4…..3……

PappyD61 on August 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

COOL !!
Good news.

pambi on August 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Lie, cheat, and steal. By any means necessary the real motto of the democrat party.

jukin3 on August 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

For the record, here’s what Ritchie decided would be proper names:

Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.

Changes to In-Person & Absentee Voting & Voter Registration; Provisional Ballots.

The original titles where:

Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman

Photo Identification Required for Voting.

The second one is clearly more egregious. I mean, wtf does Ritchie’s title even refer to?

Also, for the Pawlenty haters: all four of the judges were T-Paw appointees.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Dead Al Franken voters statewide are rolling over in their graves trying to smile for the camera.

In other news, the Geico gecko was recently photographed and registered as a member of the Lizard People party.

Steve Z on August 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Now you can see why the Big Government Socialist Party (R.I.P. John Kennedy) is all for Big Government: so they can get things done without voters’ approval. This ruling should make MN Senator Amy Klobuchar tremble. She wants to “use the courts to get things done.” Oh, yes, we remember, Big Government Amy. And we still will, come November.

RobertMN on August 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.”

Gosh.

I wonder, was there was any collusion between Ritchie and the organization providing all the orange “VOTE NO – Don’t limit the freedom marry” signs that are everywhere in my bright blue neighborhood?

Nah.

Just a coincidence, I’m sure…

Bruno Strozek on August 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

so there is an ounce of sanity in the Land of 10,000 lakes??? I was beginning to wonder. I’d offer to trade with Wis’s Sec of State but he is cowering under his desk and refuses to come out since Walker survived the recall (he keeps mumbling something about “the good old days” when liberals got their way all the time).

teejk on August 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

They forgot the referendum to get rid of the obsolete Secretary of State office. This position is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a Soros enabled refuge for leftist troublemakers.

ignatzk on August 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

In other news, MN Sec. of State Mark Ritchie has announced the presidential ballots:

“Barack Obama: God King, Lightbringer, Most Benificent and Dear Leader”

“Willard (creepy name) Romney: Dog Torturer, Tax Cheat, Creepy Religious Cultist, Slayer of Laid-off Workers Wives”

Your choice, Minnesota, we’re all about fair elections/

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Is Ritchie the same guy who greased the way for Al Franken to become the 60th vote for Obamacare?

xrayiiis on August 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Very good news, indeed.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ritchie was the Dem rascal who stole the Senate election for Franken.

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Things be-a-changing in the land of a bazillion Lakes.
What’s in the water up there ?

Jabberwock on August 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

…I think they’re drinking out of the same Lakes as Wisconsin or something! Long straws!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Guess after getting away with allowing all those felon votes to be cast and counted to get Clown Franken elected to the US Senate he thought he could have it all then went too far–that’s the problem with these dumbmass lefties–they’re too greedy.

stukinIL4now on August 28, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Sheesh, if that’s a thread pic of him, let’s ask him where Jimmy Hoffa was buried.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 28, 2012 at 1:56 PM

What did this Ritchie tool name the voter ID legislation — The Imposing Impossible Burdens on Poor and Minority Voters as a Diabolical Means of Suppressing their Votes bill?

AZCoyote on August 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I was going to post something like this, but yours is better.

The Rogue Tomato on August 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM

So, how long until the Obama Department of Injustice decides to challenge the voter ID law as racist, anti-poor, homophobic , and anything else it can make up to allow Democrats to get more illegal votes?

lukjuj on August 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Sheesh, if that’s a thread pic of him, let’s ask him where Jimmy Hoffa was buried.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 28, 2012 at 1:56 PM

My thought exactly. He screams “union thug”.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Seriously WTF is wrong with MN to keep electing this communist Mark Richie & loony tunes like that governor Dayton. Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Keith Ellison.

The state bird is the loon, could also explain the state of mind of the citizens.

Must be something in the water. Congratulations MN for continuing to be a laughing stock.

Sell MN to China for some debt relief or something..

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Is Ritchie the same guy who greased the way for Al Franken to become the 60th vote for Obamacare?

xrayiiis on August 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Yes.

Wethal on August 28, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Are you ready to declare your support for True Marriage Equality yet?

Yes, I support the right of any gay or straight man to marry a gay or straight women.

If that’s not acceptable, then stick to a civil union with the same government nanny privileges provided to normal married folk.

Robert Jensen on August 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Pro-SSM Ed… why the red meat post here?

verbaluce on August 28, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Little bit of “WHOA” needed here.
MN is about to approve of both Voter ID AND traditional marriage.
I’d say they are moving away from their past.

Jabberwock on August 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Oh to be a fly on the wall in his office.I bet he is so mad his breath stinks.

docflash on August 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Also, for the Pawlenty haters: all four of the judges were T-Paw appointees.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Thanks for the info. I was wondering how the bleep did this happen? And I mean that in a good way.

Now, we can extrapolate this to this election in NO-vember. Need to vote for R & R, he will be making appointments to the SC.

Mirimichi on August 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Awesome news.

Ritchie is a product of Soros’ Sec of State project in 2006, and is thus exceedingly partisan and an angry hack.

Now, being that it’s MN, the ID amendment will pass, but the marriage one may not, but in the end, the voter ID amendment is more important, in my opinion. Others are free to disagree.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I’ll disagree about the relative importance, then. Since you gave me permission. :->

The two cases have a lot in common: Both are clearly an attempt to prevent things being foisted on the public that they didn’t want or ask for to please some special interest group.

But you’re absolutely right about the huge impact of photo ID for voting laws in the long run. It’s looking at long last like most of the states are moving in this direction, and it’s hugely overdue.

Any law that helps prevent another Senator Fraud Franken Fraud is a great thing.

If both of these pass, the squeals of outrage will be delicious.

There Goes The Neighborhood on August 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Say Ed. What ever happened with that story from a couple of weeks ago about the 24,000 fraudulent drivers licenses floating around??

Some woman from Richie’s office got caught using one that she used to get some housing assistance from the state. Pretty sure that the story reported that she voted in at least a couple of elections using the fake id.

BigWyo on August 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Yay!!

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Hey, we’re trying here. In 2010 we elected the first (R) controlled legislature – both houses – in something like 40 years. Our candidate for governor wasn’t the best and so Dayton got in based on mostly name recognition, I think.

As to the rest, we’re doing the best we can, especially if both of these amendments pass. We have a long way to go if you remember. MN didn’t even vote for Ronaldus Magnus (either term)…

Sue Doenim on August 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

In other news Mitt Romneys name on the November ballot is listed as :”I’m just a cracka” Romney.

Fuquay Steve on August 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

When the voters in MN wise up and throw Ritchie out of office, he’s all but guaranteed a job by the socialist media in writing distorted, slanted, biased questions for their phony polls.

TeaPartyNation on August 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Does the MN Supreme Court have sufficient bodily protection?

They must have received some credible threats, since this.

listens2glenn on August 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Dude looks like George Segal.

jawkneemusic on August 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Our candidate for governor wasn’t the best and so Dayton got in based on mostly name recognition, I think.

Sue Doenim on August 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Yep, he won the 65+ crowd and that was significantly because that crowd loved Dayton’s and is still bitter that it changed names to Marshall Fields, let alone Macy’s.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

More Christian Sharia legislated. Brilliant.

lester on August 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

MN needs voter ID. They allow same-day registration. No ID required, just someone to vouch that you live in the district.

Waggoner on August 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

More Christian Sharia legislated. Brilliant.

lester on August 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

You only say that because you know Christians won’t hunt you down and chop your parts off.

roy_batty on August 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

MN needs voter ID. They allow same-day registration. No ID required, just someone to vouch that you live in the district.

Waggoner on August 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Or a utility bill with your address on it. And the bills that I saw accepted were frequently not on the approved list, at least that was the case in Minneapolis. I know… shocking.

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Pro-SSM Ed… why the red meat post here?

verbaluce on August 28, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Because this is exactly why some of us are anti-same sex marriage. Things associated with the whole position use it as a way to circumvent the law- all in the name of “equality.”

I am sure Ritchie’s overreach was explained something like this “but those poor suffering gays who can’t marry..”

melle1228 on August 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

strictnein on August 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Thank you for filling in the most important detail of the whole thing.

It’s ridiculous to change, “Photo Identification Required for Voting” to, “Changes to In-Person & Absentee Voting & Voter Registration; Provisional Ballots.”

I’d guess that this asinine edit caught the judges eye. Had Ritchie’s changes not been so over the top, he might have had a chance in court.

No one could look at that edit and not see the attempt to deceive.

Pythagoras on August 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

At least the folks in MN will be allowed to vote to keep the definition of marriage, unlike MA…

catquilt on August 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Oh, the voters of MA voted all right… to ban SSM in the state constitution.

Their democrat party rulers decided that they voted wrong however, and simply ignored the result.

Hooray for progressivism!

Rebar on August 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The War continues – face it, the left has been able to so corrupt the media and education establishments that the will of the people can be distorted. Next task – getting back control of your state education department and the curriculum committees as well as the local school boards. That is the next front. We cannot continue to work so hard after the young skulls full of mush have been indoctrinated in school by the lefties – we need to get there first and teach them the basics. That might have a side benefit of fixing the media over time although I would guess they will die out first based upon where their ratings are headed.

Zomcon JEM on August 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

George Soros tool Secretary of State Mark Ritchie(D) will have more trouble faking ballots to reelect Al Franken(D-ead Voters)

DANEgerus on August 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Why do these homophobe republicans hate gay, women, black, the disabled, wind energy, children, hispanics, and poor?

Outrageous outrage coming in 5…..4…..3……

PappyD61 on August 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Easy:
gay – too “happy”
women – boobs not big enough
black – too tan
disabled – get best parking spots
wind energy – kills birds
children – too whiny
hispanics – used up all the shiny 20″ rims
poor – supposed to not exist after LBJ

Does that help, or should I say H-L-E-P?

Nutstuyu on August 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Mark Ritchie gives shameless political hacks a bad name.

RBMN on August 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

More Christian Sharia legislated. Brilliant.

lester on August 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Sooo, Mohammed and all the Imams who impose Sharia are Christian?

Nutstuyu on August 28, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ritchie’s first draft?

On Marriage:

“Limiting Official Contractual Matrimonial Status to Parties of Non-identical Sex Characteristics.”

RBMN on August 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

In Maryland, the bill to pass same sex marriage was “appropriately” titled “Civil Marriage PROTECTION Act”

- and Granny says, “Well, yes, sonny, I’m all for PROTECTING marriage”, and the other side says “Heh”

Below is the ballot language. The first sentence is clear, but they try to muddle it by “protecting” churches from having to participate, but we all know it’s a slippery slope.

==============================

Maryland Question 6
Referendum Petition
Civil Marriage Protection Act (Ch. 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session)

Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

williampeck1958 on August 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The Left always tries to control terminology and word definitions, creating new definitions as they please whenever they please.

I’m wondering how they plan to redefine the words husband and wife, among others, within the context of their new definition(s) for marriage. Or maybe they’ll ban those words as politically incorrect and reeking of bigotry.

farsighted on August 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I’m wondering how they plan to redefine the words husband and wife, among others, within the context of their new definition(s) for marriage. Or maybe they’ll ban those words as politically incorrect and reeking of bigotry.

farsighted on August 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

http://www.pagetutor.com/jokebreak/205.html

lesbian……………..gynocentric be-ing
lesbianism…………..gynocentric be-ing
liar………………..a person creative with the facts
lie…………………constructive version of the facts
literary criticism……lit crit
logger………………treeslayer
lost………………..temporarily misoriented
lover……………….spouse equivalent
lovers………………spouse equivalents

:)

melle1228 on August 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Brilliant.

lester nessman on August 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

“Lester!!! It’s time for your violin lesson!!!”

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Maryland Question 6
Referendum Petition
Civil Marriage Protection Act (Ch. 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session)

Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples

That last bit is just as “discriminatory” as real marriage. Why is this referendum limited to just helping “gay” and “lesbian” couples. Why only “couples”. If all it is is a civil union, then why is it limited to just two people (or just people). I can be a part of as many unions or partnerships that might involve sports, business, arts, real estate. Why are unions/partnerships that involve sex being discriminated against?

Nutstuyu on August 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

as many unions or partnerships as I want

Stupid iPad.

Nutstuyu on August 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

George Soros is very saddened.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is one of Soros’ goons in his project to control all the Secretary of States.

RJL on August 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 28, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Now, that’s funny.

DDay on August 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Welcome to Minnesocold.

Ygritte on August 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

That was close, MN almost got Fluked.

DDay on August 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The people of Minnesota have finally arrived at the point where they are going to cut off one of the most abused and corrupt practices ever in American politics . . . election day “vouching” as a way to engage in virtually untraceable voter fraud on a large scale.

Of course, they did not ever intend that to be the case, and for years they have taken bipartisan pride in their elections process, particularly when it came to the high turn out rates that outpaced states virtually anywhere else in the nation.

But make no mistake about it, “vouching” is and has been an easily abused process whereby potential voters with absolutely no ID on them whatsoever, nor any proof at all (e.g., such as a utility bill addressed to them) are nevertheless permitted to both register and vote on election day, simply on the word alone of one other “voter,” claiming that the undocumented voter lives in such-and-such precinct.

In cities with apartment buildings it is especially easy to fraudulently register and vote using vouching. “Yeah, he lives in my building. I’ve seen him around!”

The potential for fraud lies in the fact that vouching allows one individual to travel from precinct to precinct on election day, even within one city, where the “voter” can easily register and vote that same day, probably using several fake names, and needing only one political operative per precinct to “validate” their claim to living in that district. The Sec’y of State’s rules allow one voter to “validate” or vouch for up to 15 people per election!!

It is just unbelievable that the process has been in place for so long, and that the people have not eliminated it.

If you have any doubts that this has been taking place, consider, as an example, the numbers from the heavily Democrat City of Duluth back during the 2008 Presidential election.

Duluth, with about 86,000 residents, had a voting age population back then of around 67 or 68 thousand people, according to census estimates. At 7 am that November morning (when the polls opened), Duluth had an approximately 92% registration rate.

Yet, during that day, somehow 10,833 new voters showed up at the polls in Duluth, were allowed to register and were immediately handed a ballot, and voted. A very significant number of those people had absolutely no ID on them, but were “vouched” for by previously registered voters, in dozens of precincts within the City.

Now, some people had moved. And others had died. But those sheer numbers should be enough to startle anyone.

And, Duluth is not the biggest city in Minnesota. It is the fourth largest by population, with Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester all outpacing it.

Trochilus on August 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Minnesota state law authorize the Secretary of State to give an appropriate title to all constitutional amendments that appear on the ballot. The key word is “appropriate”.

The supreme court ruled that Ritchie violated the law by failing to assign appropriate titles. Again, they didn’t say he exceeded his authority; they said he failed to use that authority correctly.

J Baustian on August 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As an expatriate of Massachusetts-on-the-Mississippi dare I hope for some political common sense there?

Klem Kadiddlehopper on August 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM