House Passes Voter Photo ID Constitutional Amendment

While many DFLers spoke out against the measure, the bill moves on to the Senate.

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday morning to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November requiring voters to show photo ID when they vote.

The City of Burnsville has taken a position against the proposal, citing a burdensome increase in the cost of conducting elections which city officials argue will be borne by local government.

The vote, like most others Tuesday on proposed changes to the bill, was along party lines, 72-62. All local representatives from south of the river voted for its passage: Pam Myhra, Diane Anderson, Pat Garofalo, Mary Liz Holberg, Tara Mack, and Mark Buesgens all voted in the affirmative. To see the vote and some of the failed amendments to it, click here.

Richfield Rep. Paul Thissen along with Reps. Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley) and Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park) held a Tuesday morning criticizing Republican priorites and the amendment itself. For months Thissen has slammed Republicans for putting amendments ahead of bigger priorities such as jobs bills.

The Minnesota Senate Rules Committee takes up the bill Wednesday. If approved by the Legislature, voters will decide by referendum at next fall's general election whether to change the state Constitution. A r is already set to appear on the ballot.

. Click play on the video above to see the House debate and voting proceedings.

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Roger Titus March 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Clare Kennedy March 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Care to elaborate Roger?
Carol Kellett March 22, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I'll elaborate Calre..... we absolutely do need to have voter ID. Reports are in that Minnesota has the HIGHEST voter fraud record in the nation. I was a poll challenger in the last election & I caught a number of discrepancies that, if I had not been there, would have slipped by. Isn't it interesting that only democrats oppose this? Now what you suppose that is all about? They will lose their "Dead" (& I mean that literally), along with felons & all those people ( I smell ACORN here) who arrive in bus loads to vouch for "citizens" who actually are NOT citizens to be able to vote.
Brenda Daly October 10, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Carol, why do you make up stories to support your position? Voter fraud is almost nonexistent in this state


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