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Minnesota House Gives Final Approval To Photo ID Ammendment

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 6:49 am

The Minnesota House has given its final approval to a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot that would allow Minnesotans decide if a government-issued photo ID should be required to vote.

The 72-57 vote came shortly after midnight Wednesday and was along straight party lines with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. If the Senate gives its final approval, the amendment will be on the Nov. ballot, and the people will decide.

The Associated Press reports that the Senate vote could come as early as Wednesday.

Supporters of the measure say it will add integrity to Minnesota’s election process. But opponents argue it will be difficult and costly to enforce. Democrats predict that requiring a photo ID to vote will harm Minnesota’s longtime tradition of same-day voter registration, and disenfranchise eligible voters without access to a proper photo ID.

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