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