ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill that would make voters produce photo identification at the polls is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Minnesota House approved the legislation 74-58 on Saturday, with two Democrats joining majority Republicans.

It passed the Senate Thursday on a party-line vote without Democratic support.

The Democratic governor has said he wanted to see broad bipartisan support for the bill to get his signature.

Republicans say requiring photo IDs at the polls would make sure elections are honest, while Democrats say it could disenfranchise seniors, students and poor people.

Republicans have said they might put the requirement to a statewide vote in 2012 if Dayton vetoes it.

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Comments (43)
  1. dave says:

    veto it please Gov. Dayton. If the repugs want it , its bad for the people, thats a given.

    1. Tom says:


      Dayton should veto it! Repubs are trying to solve a problem that does not exist but only in their minds. If there was voting problems the State Supreme court would have have sided with Coleman and Emmers in both cases but they didn’t.

      1. Greg Laden says:

        Tom, why do you hate democracy?

        1. Tom says:

          Greg Laden

          Who said I did! Where i go and vote I always asked for my ID too make sure that the address on my ID matches what they have.

          Can you tell me where the problem is that this law needs too inacted? Like I mentioned in above posting that both Coleman and Emmers alleged wide spread voter fraud in their elections and in both cases the State Supreme did not agree. Are you telling that the State Supreme Court got in wrong?

        2. Jason says:

          I dont think this is about hate. Why do 60 year old women show id to buy a pack of cigs. Your ok with that, but not at the polls?……….

        3. fkafka says:

          According to recent Star and Tribune polls, 80% favor photo ID. If you’re worried about a few segments of Minnesotans that might have trouble producing a photo ID, then I suggest some effort be made to help them obtain photo ID’s. It’s just common sense. A huge majority of Minnesotans understand this. The only reason not to, is to encourage inelegible voters promised something in return, to vote for a short term political advantage. That’s plain wrong..

          1. SK says:

            There should be NO obstacle for people to vote. Getting an ID is easy for people whose life is easy. Those without IDs are typically those without cars. They either depend on mass transportation or others to get them places. There are the elderly and disabled which just making a trip to an office to get an ID is a struggle. There are the working poor who already may spend hours transferring on buses to get to and from work, dropping their children off at daycare, etc. They typically can not get time off or can afford to take time off in the middle of the day to run errands.

      2. Tom says:


        Same thing to you where is the proof that this law is needed? Where you go and vote do they ask you for your ID before you vote? If they do what is your problem? And if they don’t then I am sure they ask you your name and address?

        And again both Coleman and Emmers claims were wide spread voter fraud and in both cases the State Supreme Court did not agree with them. Did the State Supreme Court get it wrong?

      3. MN Election Judge says:

        I’ve already shown ID when I registered. Precincts have pre-authorized lists of registered voters which I sign attesting I am who I am. Falsifying info is a felony.

        It will simply clog up already crowded polling places and disenfranchise those who don’t currently have an ID.

        1. fkafka says:

          I’ll bet when you registered you showed them a photo ID.

          1. Citizen says:

            @fkafka. A photo ID is only one form of identification at the polls. Someone can vouch for you, or you can show a utility bill that has your name and address on it.

            1. Been there, tried that says:

              That must depend on where you are voting. I tried to show a utility bill/hookup paperwork at my new polling place and was turned away. Mean old woman judge, very sanctimonious, self-righteous and lectured me on getting my DL address changed. Even though I was still very much within the 30 days allowed by State Law. I had to go to another town to do that, and hadn’t had time, but that didn’t matter to her. Put a very anti-voting taste in my mouth.

  2. Pat says:

    Another “jobs” Bill going to the Governor? Wow! What a productive and edifying Legislative leadership we have! How many good jobs can this bunch create? Are there that many Minnesotans? I’ll bet that anti-gay marriage Bill will produce tons of high paying, work for us all!

    Why, oh why, did you vote these bozo’s into office? They have actually done less for the good of Minnesota and Minnesoans than any legislature since the inception of the State. You betcha!

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    Hillary had her lawyers uphold a voter ID law in Indiana during the Primary against Obama.

  4. sb says:

    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that republicans do anything for the benefit of the people. This is all about electoral politics – preventing Grandma from voting because she is likely to vote against republicans who want to kill Medicare.

    1. Ellen says:

      When Grandma goes to the doctor, she can easily take the time to get a voter ID as well. Whether a relative assists her, or she takes a cab, bus or finds a volunteer to do it. Nowadays, seniors and low income people have a number of transportation options available. Get real!

    2. Jason says:

      Yeah, Politicains want to take grannys vote away………………..

  5. Tom Hasbrouck says:

    Republicans just plain suck. I hate to be so blunt but there it is.

  6. David J. Conklin says:

    I wonder how much it will cost to implement? And how many jobs did it create?

  7. Bob says:

    the dems don’t want it because the illegals would’nt be able to vote for those socialst dems

    1. Tom says:


      I hate to break it to you but we are all socialist.

  8. Johnson says:

    There is zero proof of any type of illegal voting in Minnesota. PERIOD!

    This is nothing more than a cheap shot by Republicans to disenfranchise voters.

    So much for creating JOBS republicans… Your a bunch of wankers…

  9. Victim Du Jour says:


    Is that why a Ramsey County District Attorney refuses to prosecute Felons who voted in the last Election?

    Several ACORN workers have plead guilty to voter registration fraud.

    1. Victim Ala Mode says:

      Watch a little too much tv? They are not called District Attorneys in MN. In what MN county did ACORN workers plead guilty? I’m not doubting you, just want to look it up for myself because I wasn’t aware of that.

  10. Art says:

    I honestly do not understand why anyone would be against this. I am a senior and keep wondering what people are talking about when they say I will be disenfrancised. What does that mean? Also I am a lifelong dem.

  11. Chuck says:

    Ok for some, however, my father is in his 90’s and lives 15 miles from the county seat in GREATER MINNESOTA. He no longer has a dirvers license, and the Republicans are cutting public transportation in this area, how should he go about getting a valid Minnesota ID?????? Let’s remember that we do not have a voter fraud porblem in Minnesota execpt in the mind of a group of Republicans.

    1. Ellen says:

      How does he get to the doctor? The dentist? The optometrist? Is he totally homebound, or can you as the dutiful son take him to get his photo ID??????

    2. Jason says:

      He is your father. Good excuse to spend a day with him.

    3. A Pause for the COZ says:

      Chuck. Come on get real.
      If your father is on medicare or SSI he has a valid ID.
      My Grams is 96 years old she lives 15 miles out of town. When she needs to make a run one of us goes and gets her. Then we go to lunch and spend some quality time with her. Its called multi tasking.

    4. Chuckles says:

      He should have and could have gotten a valid MN ID when he turned over his DL. Do you give him a ride to vote? Then why don’t you give him a ride to the county seat to get an id? Buy him lunch while you’re at it. And if you read the bill, if he can’t afford it, it will even be free. Because heaven forbid you pay for it.

  12. Tom says:

    If anything, since the elections you’ve referred to were not found to be instances of voter fraud, this should strengthen the defense against fraud accusations. I’m with Art, I can’t see one single reason why anyone would be against this. Sure, I’m a conservative, not a Republican, but I agree with it because it’s common sense, period.

  13. Deb says:

    Question the amount of $$ that are going to be spent on this. I thought I heard it would cost would be shy of 1 million. What exactly are we getting for that? Is it going to benefit anyone? Do we have a problem or is it just an imagined problem becuase someone lost.

  14. JK says:

    lets get the poor voters that dont have ID’s out of elections. Come on I think this is another waste of money and suppression of the poor and elderly. In order for people to vote there needs to be less restrictions not more.

    1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

      JK, If people are truly poor then they are on some form of assistance from the state or federal goverment. Nowadays, all forms of assistance are direct deposit into a banking account. In order to get a banking account, one must have a federally accepted form of ID: Military ID, Passport, State DL or State ID card. In order to register for assistance from the state or federal goverment one must have one of these forms of ID to show the SS office, county welfare program. The “poor” definitely have ID’s. This isn’t the 1960’s and the argument of the poor not having ID’s is just plain false.

  15. DLS says:

    State ID’s cost money and they’re not required for everyone to have, which basically makes this a poll tax.

  16. Ellen says:

    My mother is almost 90 years old and has a photo ID even though she hasn’t voted in 10 years. It seems like a simple request to require a photo ID to vote, because if someone is able to get out and vote they are likewise able to get out and get a photo ID!

  17. Jason says:

    How do some people wipe thier own a##?

  18. A Pause for the COZ says:

    About time! This has needed to be done for years. The only people who would be ” Disenfranchised” would be all the Acorn activist who round up all the Illegals in south st paul.

  19. Don says:

    What I don’t understand is why some say it will cost us millions. Why is there a cost to this? I’m all for it. If the gov vetoes this I will still vote for it when it comes up to the voters

  20. IntheMidwest says:

    Please veto this bill, Governor Dayton. It is a solution looking for a problem. As the Supreme Court has stated, there is no widespread voting fraud. In addition, it will cost the State of Minnesota around $14 MILLION to implement, as it has in the states that have implemented this type of law. It will cost even more to train election judges, provide scanning equipment for the ID’s, and if there is a recount, it will cost more. Every year more millions of dollars will be spent to provide FREE picture ID’s for voters who request them. You see, if a voter has to pay one dime toward an ID in order to vote, it is and unconstitutional poll tax. If the state has such a severe budget crisis, it certainly cannot afford many millions of dollars toward an unnecessary law. Anyone who is willing to try to commit voting fraud probably already has an illegal ID which is fairly easy to obtain. If 80% of the public truly supports this bill, that 80% does not understand the ramifications at the polling places and the cost.

  21. kevin says:

    Over the years democrats have voted to raise your taxes on a permenant basis. Why then the problem for a one time charge for an ID to protct the integrity of our elections.

  22. kevin says:

    Here’s my ID where’s yours. What’s the problem

  23. Don Twaddle says:

    Man, I sure hope Governor Dayton doesn’t see support for the bill by two(2!) democratic representatives as bi-partisan support.

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