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Title Petition Id

Title Petition Id

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No. ____________
State of Minnesota
In the Supreme Court
Mary Kiffmeyer, Scott J. Newman, Warren Limmer, Julianne Ortman
,
Mike Parry,Sean Nienow, David Brown, David Senjem, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Paul Gazelka, RogerChamberlain, Ray Vandeveer, Claire Robling,
all individuals, registered voters, andMembers of the Minnesota Legislature;
Jeff Davis
, an individual and registered voter;
Dan McGrath
, an individual and a registered voter;
Minnesota Majority, Inc.,
anonprofit corporation; and
ProtectMyVote.com
, an association of individuals andregistered ballot committee,
Petitioners
,vs.
Mark Ritchie
, in his official capacity as Secretary of State of the State of Minnesota, and
Lori Swanson
, in her official capacity as Attorney General of the State of Minnesota.
 Respondents
.
PETITIONERS’ BRIEF AND APPENDIX
Erick Kaardal (Minn. 229647 )**
 
M
OHRMAN
K
AARDAL
,
 
P.A.33 South Sixth Street, Suite 4100Minneapolis MN 55402Telephone: (612) 341-1074Facsimile: (612) 341-1076kaardal@mklaw.com
 
Cleta Mitchell (D.C. 433386)^
,
*A
CT
R
IGHT
L
EGAL
F
OUNDATION
 2029 K Street NW, Ste 300Washington, DC 20006Telephone (202) 683-9405Facsimile (888) 815-5641cmitchell@actright.com
COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS
*
Pro Hac Vice Motions Pending
^
 Lead Counsel
 
** Local Counsel
 
(Additional Counsel on Inside Cover)
 
 
Kaylan L. Phillips (Ind. 30405-84)*Zachary S. Kester (Ind. 28630-49)*Noel H. Johnson (Wisc. 1068004)*A
CT
R
IGHT
L
EGAL
F
OUNDATION
 209 West Main StreetPlainfield, Indiana 46168Telephone (202) 683-9405Facsimile (888) 815-5641kphillips@actright.comzkester@actright.comnjohnson@actright.com
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................... iiISSUES PRESENTED ............................................................................................. 1STATEMENT OF THE CASE ................................................................................ 2STATEMENT OF THE FACTS .............................................................................. 3ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................ 7Introduction ................................................................................................... 7I.
 
The Secretary Violated the Separation of PowersDoctrine under Minnesota Constitution, Article III,Section 1, by Attempting to Substitute His Ballot Titlein Place of the Ballot Title Adopted by the Legislature. .................... 8A.
 
The Legislature Has the Exclusive Authority toPropose Constitutional Amendments .................................... 11B.
 
The Secretary’s Ministerial Authority toProvide a Title Does Not Authorize Him toSubstitute His Judgment for the Legislature’s ...................... 16C.
 
Any Authority Vested in the Secretary to Titlean Amendment Was Superseded By theLegislature When It Titled The Voter IDAmendment ........................................................................... 17D.
 
The Governor’s Symbolic “Veto” Has No LegalEffect on a Proposed ConstitutionalAmendment and Does Not Transfer Power fromthe Legislature to Another Executive BranchOfficial. ................................................................................. 18II.
 
The Secretary’s Ballot Title Is Not AppropriateBecause It Is Misleading, Inaccurate, and Will ConfuseVoters ............................................................................................... 23CONCLUSION ..................................................................................................... 28CERTIFICATION OF BRIEF LENGTH .............................................................. 30

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