MN State Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment For Vote On Photo ID At Polls

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 11:58 am

Much has been made of Wisconsin now requiring voters to bring photo identification to the polls, and it appears Minnesota may be heading in the same direction.

A state Senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment that would allow Minnesotans to decide whether voting should require a photo ID. Despite objections from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who has told the Associated Press such a move will be difficult to implement, the vote is appearing more likely. Ritchie also says requiring ID would only increase federal government oversight of the state’s elections.

The Senate State Government Committee approved the amendment 8-5 Wednesday on a party-line vote. If the GOP-backed amendment makes it all the way through the Legislature, the final decision will rest with voters statewide in November.

Ritchie testified Tuesday that implementing a photo ID requirement is likely to be expensive for his office. He also says the federal Department of Justice is likely to get more involved in monitoring Minnesota elections to make sure that civil rights are not violated.


  1. Mr conserative 02/24/12 at 2:14pm

    Its about time. More votes than voters in the past.

  2. Unfortunate 02/28/12 at 10:48am

    It would be sad to have a person’s voting freedom taken away. Think of how many Pine City people don’t have a State-issued ID and either walk or take public transportation around. Considering 75% of the city is of voting age, or about 2,350 people, then we’d potentially be stripping the rights of nearly 135 voters just in our community-or at the minimum we’d be putting an unneccessary obstacle in front of them. I for one have more faith in people and prefer to continue vouching for them.

  3. Concerned Citizen 03/5/12 at 7:07am

    It is more unfortunate to have a person’s voting freedom taken away by an illegitimate voter. Every election that allows a non-citizen to vote, cancel’s out a citizen’s vote. How can anyone object to showing ID? You can’t cash a check or drive a car without ID. I too say it’s about time!!!!

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