Judge dismisses GOP complaint over Richie's voter ID remarks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a complaint against Minnesota's top election official filed by two Republican lawmakers who claimed he misled voters about a proposed amendment to establish voter ID requirement.
GOP Sens. Scott Newman, of Hutchinson, and Mike Parry, of Waseca, had accused Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of making false statements about the costs and effects of the proposal.
Parry and Newman sponsored the photo ID constitutional amendment that will appear on Tuesday's ballot. Ritchie, a Democrat, opposes photo ID.
The Republican lawmakers argued that Ritchie's actions violated state laws governing the truthfulness of campaign statements. Ritchie responded that he believed his statements about the costs and effects of the amendment are true.
The Star Tribune reported Administrative Law Judge Bruce Johnson ruled for Ritchie on all counts and dismissed the complaint Thursday.
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