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Battle over voter ID amendment heats up

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ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC) -- Voters in Minnesota can now log on and take a look at their ballot before election day but not everyone is pleased with the new feature.

The Secretary of State's office launched a new tool on its website called "My Ballot."

Voters can enter their address and a list of candidates and measures will appear that will be on the November ballot.

The site also links to candidates' websites, so voters can learn more about the individuals running.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says it will be an especially useful tool this year because of redistricting.

"The whole state has a new map. Many people are finding themselves now living in a new precinct. They have a new polling place and they're finding that many of the candidates are new to them," Ritchie said.

But those with ProtectMyVote.com are taking issue with the website's information on the voter ID amendment, which would require all voters to present photo identification at the polls.

ProtectMyVote.com Chairman Dan McGrath says Ritchie is using public resources to campaign against the amendment and that the claims made on the site are speculative.

He pointed out a page that says the amendment will end same-day registration, which McGrath says is false.

"This is on the Secretary of State's website, that's funded by our tax dollars. This is political campaign propaganda being pushed forth as facts by our chief election official," McGrath said.

He went on to ask, "How can we trust him to impartially administer our election system when he has taken such a biased position?"

McGrath says they are asking Sen. Mike Parry (R), who chairs a committee that oversees the Secretary of State's office, to investigate potential criminal wrongdoing or civil charges against Ritchie for misuse of taxpayers' money.

Meanwhile, Ritchie will in Albert Lea on October 2 to talk about the impacts of the voter ID amendment.

To preview your ballot go to: http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/.

 

 

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