UPDATE: Photo ID Amendment Passes Senate, Will Head to Ballot

Voters will weigh in on the constitutional amendment in November.

This November, Minnesota voters will decide whether photo IDs should be required the next time they go to the polls.

The Senate, by a 35-29 vote, passed a bill on Wednesday afternoon that will send the question to the ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment. The House passed the same bil learly Wednesday. Because it is a proposed constitutional amendment, Gov. Mark Dayton will not get a chance to approve—or veto—the bill.

State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, voted for the measure.

The issue has divided the Legislature on party lines, with Republican supporters saying it would add integrity to Minnesota's election system, while Democratic opponents say the measure is unnecessary and could disenfranchise some voters.

What do you think?

Eric Smith April 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Showing a photo ID to confirm that you are who you say you are is a common sense requirement to vote. Also, an adult who does not have a photo ID is obviously at a huge disadvantage in today's society: they cannot open a bank account, they cannot obtain welfare or other government support, they cannot rent a car or a hotel room, you cannot open up a retirement or college savings account, etc, etc. I truly believe that the people against this common sense law should spend their time helping people that don't have photo ID's obtain them, instead of spending their time trying to allow them to vote without an ID. If the people without photo ID's obtained one, then many other aspects of their lives, besides being able to vote, would be improved as well.
Farley Schwartz April 05, 2012 at 02:39 AM
When more people vote than are registered to in a precinct, as happened in the last gov. race it is a crime and people being allowed to vote without proof they live in that area is also a crime. With a photo ID at least we have some kind of proof at the polls if the election judges do their jobs, to know these people are legit. Pass the bill!!!
ABSG April 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This is common sense and I can't believe the nay sayers. "This will disinfranchise some people"...seriously? It will only disinfranchise them if they allow themselves to be. Don't think for one minute the legislature is not going to help create ways for this "tiny" group of individuals to obtain their I.D.'s. Here is a video I thought was interesting.... http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=GqMVxeZhflI&feature=player_embedded
MJ April 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I honestly TRIED to show my ID the last election and was told to put it away, they were not even allowed to see it. I admit I was making waves for them when I then said "well in that case, I know my neighbor is not going to vote this election so i'll be back shortly to vote for her, since I dont need an ID. I got glaring dirty looks from the election judge. I dont know why you need ID to do dozens of things in this country but voting for our elected officials isnt one of them!


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