GOP legislators pursue photo ID constitutional amendment
Following Gov. Mark Dayton‘s veto of the long-sought legislation to require photo identification at the polls, Republican legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to put the question to voters in 2012.
GOP Sen. Scott Newman has introduced a bill that proposes to bypass the governor and amend the state’s constitution to include a photo identification requirement for voting. GOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer has already introduced the legislation in the House. In a news release Thursday, Newman said he plans to move the bill in the regular 2012 session. If it passes both chambers, it will be on the ballot in 2012.
Dayton vetoed the legislation last week, citing concerns with complying with federal election laws that allow for overseas military to vote, putting an “unfunded mandate” on local governments and lack of bipartisan support.
“I am disappointed that Gov. Dayton chose to be an obstacle to reforms that would bring our election process into the 21st century. Through his recent veto of our voter ID legislation, Gov. Dayton rejected improved quality, speed and efficiency in Minnesota’s voting process despite public demand for such reforms,” Newman said in a release. “Fortunately, through this constitutional amendment, the public will have an opportunity to secure the integrity of their vote that Gov. Dayton has denied them.”