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Published March 22, 2012, 05:50 PM

Minnesota voter identification measure closer to making the ballot

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - A measure requiring photo identification when voting in Minnesota is one step closer to getting on the ballot.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A measure requiring photo identification when voting in Minnesota is one step closer to getting on the ballot. On Wednesday, the House approved the measure 72 to 62. The Senate Rules Committee later advanced a similar bill to the full Senate-which is expected to debate the measure tomorrow afternoon.

If it passes, Minnesota voters will get to decide on November 6th whether or not photo identification should be required when voting at the polls. Proponents say the bill would cut down on fraud during elections, but others have concerns.

Mark Ritchie – MN Secretary of State: “We have 84,000 Minnesotans who have been voting now some since Roosevelt-who don't have state issued ID's and it's not clear how many could get them, many are older especially women.”

Ritchie says it would be better to create an electronic voter registration system using photos from the department of motor vehicle.

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