I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but the Pioneer Press ran an editorialthat provides a lot more detail than I provided on the site.
Here’s the gist: In Minnesota, for an amendment to pass the majority of voters have to check yes on the ballot signifying that they want to amend the constitution. If you simply skip the amendment question, it has the same impact as a NO vote.
While I don’t think it’s good form to encourage folks not to vote, I have, in some cases, reminded people that if their conscience doesn’t allow them to vote NO to simply leave the question blank. Defeating this thing doesn’t change anything in the state of Minnesota. However, permanently updating the state constitution to write in language that limits the rights of a subset of society… well that’s just scary.
We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and NOvember to ensure that the NO votes and those who skip the question outnumber the other side. Tick tock.