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Bill To Require Minn. Photo ID To Vote Gains Steam

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chief House sponsor of a bill to require a photo ID for voting in Minnesota says she expects the Legislature to pass it soon, and to bypass Gov. Mark Dayton if he vetoes it.

The House Transportation Committee approved the bill Monday. It’s cleared numerous House and Senate committees, and Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake says she expects floor votes next week.

Republican backers say the change is needed to boost confidence in election results and streamline voting. But Dayton and Democrats have expressed concerns it could make voting more difficult for some people.

Kiffmeyer said Monday she believes there is broad public support for the change and that if Dayton were to veto it she would push for a statewide vote on the issue in 2012.

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