POLL: Should the MN Constitution Require Voters to Show ID?
Same-day registrants—40% in one Fridley precinct—would get provisional ballots.
Should the Minnesota Constitution require voters to show photo ID at the polls?
That's the question at a state House committee meeting today and—if the Legislature approves a bill to amend the Constitution—before voters next November as a ballot referendum question.
Watch a livestream of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee hearing here, starting at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, via The UpTake.
Same-day Voting Changes
A photo ID requirement would change the kind of ballot given to same-day registrants. Instead of a regular ballot they would get a provisional ballot.
A map created by MinnPost shows that Fridley was one of three suburban cities with one or more precincts where 40 percent or more of voters registered on Election Day. (The other cities are Edina and Inver Grove Heights.)
Same-day registrants accounted for 40.45 percent of people casting ballots in Fridley's Ward 3-Precinct 3 in 2008, MinnPost's map shows.
That precinct runs from I-694 to Mississippi Street, between the river and railroad tracks, plus an area north between the river and East River Road up to Manomin Park.
Two other precincts, in Fridley's northwest and northeast corners, had more than a quarter of voters registering at the polls.
The Minnesota Senate has heard a companion voter ID bill in committee.
A voter ID law passed last year in Wisconsin is creating a lot of controversy.