ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State House Republicans are proposing that Minnesota voters decide whether a photo ID should be necessary to cast a ballot.

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer introduced a bill Wednesday calling for an amendment to the state constitution requiring a photo ID for voting. The bill has 33 Republican co-sponsors, including Speaker Kurt Zellers and Majority Leader Matt Dean.

Kiffmeyer, of Big Lake, already introduced a bill to put the requirement in state statute. But a constitutional amendment would bypass a possible veto of that bill from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has expressed concerns about such a requirement. The governor cannot block state lawmakers from putting constitutional amendments on the ballot.

The Senate bill to put the requirement in statute could get a floor vote Thursday.

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Comments (26)
  1. Tom says:

    I think that ALL REPUBILCANS should resign NOW!

    1. Tracy says:

      I love the idea, it’s about time!

      Hey, I have no problem showing ID and I’m just like any other American whos family migrated from another country legally. Proud to be an American!

      It’s time we get rid of “I can vouch for so and so”

      1. Mike says:

        Tracy-Migration is something Monarch butterfly’s do and when people do it, we call them migrant workers. Your family migrated here and the move was permanent. That is called immigration.
        People who vote should do so with some understanding of the issues. I am not very confident you have that ability.

        1. Julie says:

          Hey Mike –
          lets just say our migrant works are permanent…I don’t think out illegal immigrants came over to go fishing…
          remember Mike, we’re paying for their health care coverage, and they are not helping our auto insurance rates either…
          anything I can do to help raise your confidence, let me know…
          nice try 🙂

    2. Kari says:

      I am all for requiring ID’s to vote. My precinct just asks for my name then they had me a ballot… someone could easily vote for me if they knew I wasn’t voting (neighbors, etc.) Why anyone opposes this measure, I am not sure; I would like to know why… Tom? You sound like someone with an open mind… (Insert sarcastic tone)

      1. Tom says:


        Do you think there is wide spread voter fraud? This is the Republicans reasons for this. When I go and vote they ask me for my ID too make sure the address on ID matches what they have. And how would some stranger know your address and street number and your name? And do you really think your neighbor would not have anything else better to do than to go to voting both and give them your address and name and vote in your place? That makes no sense. That is sorta of like when this issue came up last time and woman said “what would stop me from voting the first time, then going back again a few hours later to vote again”? Again that would mean that some people who would have nothing else better to do. And by the way there is a group of people who have ruled not once but twice that there is no wide spread voter fraud and that was the State Supreme Court, becaue both election results stood.

      2. Alex V says:

        But we would know if such activity was widespread, because you would say something when you got to the polling place and see that someone else signed your name. However, you can’t find a single case in MN where this has happened.

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  2. Chuckie says:

    As an illegal aiien and convicted child molester, I’m offended by this. Instead of voting 10 times, I will double my efforts and vote 20 times in the next election.

  3. Brad says:

    I’ve shown my ID every time I’ve voted. It seems to me the only ones who would be bothered by this requirement are people trying to vote illegally.

  4. Jim says:

    I don’t agree with Tom’s message but at least he can spell. Do you have anything to back up your argument other than terrible grammar and insults?

  5. Alex V says:

    The incontrovertible fact is that this is a solution in search of a problem. Minnesota doesn’t have a problem with people voting illegally, so why make it harder to vote? The problems that proponents are crowing about (felons and non-citizens voting) wouldn’t be solved by this, because last time I checked neither my criminal history nor my immigration status appears on my driver’s license. Also there are some provisions buried in the bill that should frighten everyone. First, it would disenfranchise college students by not allowing them to vote on campus, even if that’s where they live 9 months out of the year. It would ban people with physical disabilities from getting assistance to fill out their ballot unless the could produce two people that are certified from each party. Oh by the way, it would establish party registration in Minnesota. Finally, it would allow those who own property in a county or locality other than where they live to vote on ballot questions in those areas in addition to voting in their home district. So much for one person, one vote. Also, voter ID has been proven beyond a doubt in areas where it’s used to stop more people from voting legally than illegally.

    1. Bruce Erickson says:

      Alex if all that is in the bill, it is another example of politicans sneaking into law things hidden in the bill. I do believe we have a problem with people voting illegally, but why add all these adders in the bill?

    2. Jen says:

      Alex –
      Hard to vote on campus? Are you kidding me!? Alex, have you heard of absontee ballet? Schools have made it super easy to vote, they want the younger voter at the ballot box, because they typically vote Democrat.
      Party registration on Minnesota, hmmm, a lot of states have that already, like Colorado, and you see no on complaining there.

  6. M says:

    If voting districts are fairly drawn out, election results will become closer than ever. Honest, effiecient elections are essential to honest government.

    Illegal aliens don’t get to vote. People driving into the wrong district don’t get to vote. Seventeen year olds don’t get to vote. If we want to even borrow a book from a library we need proper I.D. We need proper ID for voting too.

    1. Alex V says:

      Borrowing a book is a privilege. Voting is a right. This is why the argument of “we have to show ID for *insert activity*” is not valid. Also, immigration status is not on your ID, so that argument is invalid. And come on, if a 17 year old is going through the trouble of getting a fake ID, I can pretty much guarantee you it’s not to vote. And really, do you honestly think underage people voting is that widespread or even occurs at all in Minnesota? And according to the proposed bill, you DO get to vote in the “wrong district” if you own property there.

  7. Henny says:

    Let the voters decide, problem is vote will be held without requiring ID.

  8. Tom says:

    Finally something that works

    Acutally it is the other way around about which party has the mental disorder. Which party caters to the Religious Right? The Republicans need i say more!

  9. Tom says:

    Finally something that works

    The State Supreme Court does not agree with you!

  10. Alex V says:

    The bottom line is that this bill has nothing to do with election integrity, and everything to do with making it more difficult to vote for populations that traditionally vote Democratic.

  11. worryfree says:

    The ONLY reason Republicans are pushing this waste of time and money is they think it will make it easier for them to get elected.

  12. John Q Public says:

    Can the voters also decide if the wealthy should pay the same % of their income (currently 9%) and the middle class does (currently 12%)??

    Can the voters also decide to tightened gun control regulations at gun shows?

    Can the voters also decide if the owners of businesses who use illegal immigrants as workers get jail sentences for hiring illegals over citizens?

    “Let the voters decide” is direct democracy. We have a representative democracy.

    If a politician says “Let the voters decide”, it’s probably a sensationalized bad idea. Jesse Ventura for example.

  13. Reason says:

    Can we get a constitutional amendment for cannabis for adults? Tpaw vetoed that, how about let the voters decide…..we could save a lot of money by getting rid of our worthless leaders and just letting the citizens vote on the issues…anyone else favor a true democracy….for and by the people????

  14. Old Vike says:

    The bill may plan for – at most – a single source in each county to get a voter ID for those that don’t have a state ID now. Most folks that don’t have an ID are those that have not driven a car in years and depend on others for transport. Now make all these folks travel to one location in their county to pay for an ID so they can vote at the school across the street from their home. Buy the way – paying for a voter ID is also considered a Poll Tax. Something that is unconstitutional. No provisions have been made to make the ID’s free. Regarding absentee voting for students. This bill adds lots of hurdles. Campus is not your permanent home address. But, you don’t live at home enough months of the year to qualify for voting.

    Solution looking for a problem. Rep’s think voting is a right of the privileged, and they get to determine who is privileged.

  15. Mike says:

    Why do Republicans criticize judges for legislating from the bench, but the first thing they do with power is try to change the Constitution?
    This is just another attempt to frustrate voters intent and I hope that people in this state will vote against it.

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