Dayton Offers Symbolic Veto Of Voter ID Bill

Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells the Associated Press that he’s ready to do whatever he can to urge voters to reject the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November.

Dayton issued a symbolic veto of the amendment Monday, though he has no legal power to stop it from appearing on the ballot. The GOP-controlled Legislature signed off on it last week. Dayton called on Minnesotans to vote against the measure this fall.

Dayton says the amendment would cripple Minnesota’s election system by curbing same-day voter registration, absentee balloting and mail-in voting. Backers say requiring voters to prove their identity is an election integrity measure.

Dayton symbolically vetoed another amendment last year: One defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

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