VIDEO (UPDATED): MN House Passes Voter Photo ID Constitutional Amendment

Knuth: Amendment treats private, public college students differently.

Update (2:30 a.m. Wednesday): The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November requiring voters to show photo ID when they vote.

The vote, like most others Tuesday on proposed changes to the bill, was along party lines, 72-62.

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.

Another referendum banning same-sex marriage is already set to appear on the ballot.

Update (8 p.m. Tuesday): State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B), who represents the southeast corner of Fridley, spoke Tuesday evening on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives against a proposed Constitutional amendment that would require voters to show government-issued photo ID at the polls.

Knuth repeatedly asked bill author Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) whether the bill would treat private college students and public college students differently.

The language of Kiffmeyer's proposed amendment requires voters to show government-issued identification. Knuth said a student at Bethel College, in her district, would not have a government-issued ID but a University of Minnesota student would.

Kiffmeyer answered that student organizations would help students who lacked government-issued IDs.

"I'm not going to ask again," Knuth replied. "She wouldn't give me a straight answer."

Later, Kiffmeyer acknowledged that students at private colleges wouldn't have government-issue IDs.

"But what is important is that the students have an ID and that they be able to vote," Kiffmeyer said. "Everybody these days needs a form of identification."

Original post (5 p.m. Tuesday): The Minnesota House of Representatives debates and decides Tuesday whether to put a Constitutional amendment requiring photo ID at polling places on the November ballot.

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A. Meisner March 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Statistically, voter fraud is not a problem. Not even close to a problem. Does it happen? Sure, but mostly due to human error or genunine misunderstanding on the voter's part (not realizing what voting district they are in, etc.). We are spending time (and potentially more time & money) to create a complicated system to address a problem we don't even have. This seems wasteful to me. The compromise our Secretary of State and Governor Dayton have proposed (taking pictures at the polls, in the rare case there would be an issue), seems somewhat reasonable. But that's as far as I would peraonlly want to go with this, clearly blatant, political issue.
Kaiser Soze March 21, 2012 at 05:50 AM
There are so many things that need to be worked out. This is going to actually cost the state more money and isn't even close to fool proof. The irony is that this amendment is going to cause more government intrusion and is coming from the smaller government party.


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