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Published April 04, 2012, 10:38 AM

Senate sets final step for voter ID amendment

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate is set to give the voter ID constitutional amendment its final push to November's statewide ballot.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate is set to give the voter ID constitutional amendment its final push to November's statewide ballot.

The Senate is taking up the amendment in its floor session Wednesday. The House passed it shortly after midnight, in a 72-57 vote that fell straight on straight party lines with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.

The amendment asks voters a yes or no question: Should a photo ID be required to obtain and cast a ballot in Minnesota?

Republican supporters say it will add integrity to Minnesota's election process. But opponents argue it will be difficult and costly to enforce. Democrats predict that requiring a photo ID to vote will harm Minnesota's longtime tradition of same-day voter registration, and disenfranchise eligible voters without access to a proper photo ID.

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