Web site gives amendment information

Basic information on the two proposed constitutional amendments can be found at www.mnvotes.org, the secretary of state’s election Website.

Other information is there too, including how to find a polling place and absentee voting procedures.

The constitutional amendment information page includes answers to frequently asked questions about the amendment process. It will include links to groups for and against the proposals.

One amendment proposal, which the Legislature passed this year, would require Minnesotans to show photographic identification cards before voting. If voters approve it, next year’s Legislature probably will enact legislation spelling out specifics about how that would be done.

The other amendment reads: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”

That concept already is in state law and it would not be affected by the Nov. 6 vote, so gay marriages would remain illegal. However, amendment supporters say a future Legislature or the courts could overturn existing law, so it needs to be in the state Constitution, where it is harder to change.

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