ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have required voters to produce photo identification before casting a ballot.
The Democratic governor rejected the legislation on Thursday, saying it would have cost local governments $23 million and lacked broad bipartisan support.
The proposal got only two Democratic votes on its way through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The bill from Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer would make all voters show photo IDs before getting a ballot. Provisional ballots cast by those who couldn’t show IDs would be counted only if the voter personally went to a local election office to prove his or her identity.
Kiffmeyer is also pursuing the bill as a constitutional amendment that would bypass Dayton and go directly to 2012 voters if approved by the Legislature.
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