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Minnesota Court Mulls Over Voter ID Case

Court ActionST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Two Minnesota Supreme Court justices are saying flatly they think a ballot question for a proposed constitutional amendment requiring photo ID for voting is misleading.

But even justices voicing skepticism Tuesday are grappling with whether the state’s highest court has authority to strip the question from November’s ballot, rewrite it or take some other action.

A lawyer for opponents of the photo ID push say the question voters will see is misleading because it doesn’t fully inform them of the new system, including a provisional balloting system for people lacking proper identification.

An attorney for amendment supporters says it’s the Legislature’s prerogative to design ballot questions as long as they’re not palpably evasive.

Only six of seven justices are participating in a case they expect to decide before late August.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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