Legislation to create voter ID amendment introduced

by John Hageman

Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make the contentious voter ID bill a constitutional amendment proposal, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The amendment would require Minnesota residents to present photo identification in order to vote. Similar legislation was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton last year.

But because the governor cannot veto constitutional amendments, lawmakers would be able to bypass Dayton if Minnesota voters approve the amendment in November. A majority in the Legislature is required to put the measure on the ballot.

Supporters of the amendment argue that it is needed to prevent election fraud. But others have countered that it would make voting more difficult for students who are not from Minnesota.