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Published June 27, 2012, 11:41 AM

Minnesota lawmakers defend voter ID measure validity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawyers for the Minnesota Legislature argue that lawmakers deserve wide latitude to design constitutional ballot questions as they fight an attempt to scuttle a photo ID measure awaiting voters in November.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawyers for the Minnesota Legislature argue that lawmakers deserve wide latitude to design constitutional ballot questions as they fight an attempt to scuttle a photo ID measure awaiting voters in November.

In a brief filed this week with the state Supreme Court, the Legislature's lawyers say the proposed constitutional amendment to require a valid photo ID for voting was placed on the ballot properly.

The high court will hold oral arguments on July 17 in the lawsuit from amendment opponents, who argue the question is vague and misleading. Legislative attorney Thomas Boyd contends such questions have never been expected to be fully substantive.

Boyd is from a law firm hired to represent the Legislature's interests. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has declined to take a side in the lawsuit.

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