Minnesota’s Voter ID Proposal Heads To House Floor

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 7:19 am

A proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls is moving forward. The proposed amendment is now headed to the floor of the Minnesota House.

The chamber’s rules committee advanced the amendment Monday after debating the wording of the bill.

Some Democrats on the committee debated a phrase in the statue that said all voters would have to show “substantially equivalent” verification that they are eligible to vote. The Dems told the Associated Press that they were worried that could mean absentee voters or military personnel might be kept from voting if they can’t somehow show a photo ID.

The committee ultimately approved the measure 13-10 on a straight party-line vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. A similar measure was signed into law in Wisconsin, but has been halted by judges.

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