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Minnesotans vote no twice to defeat voter ID, marriage amendments

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

It was a double victory for "Vote No" in Minnesota, as both the marriage amendment and voter ID amendment were rejected.

It was a very long and expensive battle over the two proposed state constitutional amendments, and just a few hours ago it was thought 6,000 uncounted ballots from Minneapolis would decide the measures.

Bad design and printing for ballots used at three Minneapolis precincts are forcing a hand count starting a 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. But overnight, with the rest of the votes counted, the 6,000 votes weren't needed as both amendments failed to gather the 50 percent plus one vote majority needed to pass.

After an estimated $10 million dollars in advertising, "Vote No" supporters got what they wanted: no change in the state constitution that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman, barring same-sex couples from getting married.

Women under 50 outvoted men, Republicans and regular churchgoers to defeat the Minnesota marriage amendment.

The failure of the amendment does not mean that gay marriage is legal in the state; however, supporters of the amendment fear that's the next step. Currently, Minnesota law prohibits same-sex couples from obtaining a marriage license in the state. Amending the Constitution would have barred the Supreme Court or the Legislature from altering or repealing that law.

It's unlikely that Republicans, who supported the proposed amendment to make all voters show a photo ID at the polls, will get a chance to try their effort again after losing the Legislature.

While the concept is catching-on in other states, some were surprised it failed in Minnesota.

Critics said all along that voter fraud isn't a problem in Minnesota, and that the voter ID rule would have made it tougher for students, minorities and the elderly to cast a ballot.

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