Voter ID, Marriage Amendments: Things You Should Know

Posted at: 11/05/2012 5:32 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 12:40 AM
By: Laurie Stribling

Many voters just want to get the election over with by the time November rolls around, but being informed November 6 is very important. Duluth City Clerk Jeff Cox said studying up before you head to the polls will save time and help you make a better decision.

"Be prepared on how you want to vote for the offices and the questions," Cox said.

This election, there will be two questions on the Minnesota ballot that could change our state constitution. The Marriage and Voter ID amendments will be on the ballot asking voters a yes or no question. Voting "yes" on the marriage amendment means supporting marriage solely between one man and one woman. Voting "yes" on the voter i-d amendment means voters will need identification to vote next year.

There is one thing you may not know about these amendments, not voting at all will have the same effect as voting "no" because amendments will only pass if the majority of ballots received said "yes". Some voters said it's a lot of information to sort through.

"It's been confusing me," voter Keanna Williams said. "I've been seeing a lot of weird stuff on Facebook, as well, saying that someone is going to trick you to get you to vote for the wrong thing. It's been a little tricky and confusing for me."

In Minnesota's history, there have been 213 proposed constitutional amendments, and 120 of those have been adopted. Polls open tomorrow at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.