Voter ID constitutional amendment proposed

Bills requiring voters to present photo identifications before casting ballots are moving in two ways.

On Wednesday, 34 House Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment proposal. Senators are to vote on a separate proposed law as early as today.

While Republicans who control the Legislature support voter photo ID, Gov. Mark Dayton does not and he likely would not sign a bill.

A constitutional amendment, however, bypasses the governor and once the Legislature approves it the measure goes directly to the voters. In this case, the public would vote on the issue in November of 2012.

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, is chief author of the constitutional amendment proposal. She is a former secretary of state, where she was in charge of the state’s elections.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, is a co-author of the bill.

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