Less than a week after the , Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it Monday.
The passage of the measure puts voters in charge of deciding whether to amend the state Constitution to require that a photo ID be presented at polling locations. However, constitutional amendments do not need the governor's signature, making Dayton's veto a symbolic one.
Dayton acknowledged his action won't stop the amendment from appearing on the general election ballot this November, however, he called it a "proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing" in a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove). The amendment "goes far beyond its stated intention to require Photo ID's. Instead, it dismantles Minnesota's Best-in-the-Nation election system" by ending same-day voter registration and requiring new system of provisional ballots, Dayton wrote, adding that it "would severely restrict absentee voting, mail-in voting, and balloting for members of our Armed Forces and others overseas."
Dayton's Democrat cohorts in the legislature have long been opposed to the amendment, but State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of , and most Republicans backed the measure.
This brings us to this week's poll. Will Dayton's public dismissal of the measure help DFLers in their campaign to convince the public to vote the amendment down?
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