MN Senate approves voter ID bill

MN Senate approves voter ID bill. MN Senate approves voter ID bill. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file photo

Updated: May 03, 2021 10:02 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 07:18 PM

The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would require all Minnesotans to present a valid photo ID for in-person, absentee and mail-in voting. The Monday vote for the Republican-backed bill was 34-32 and fell along party lines.

Additionally, the bill establishes a new voter identification card that would be available to Minnesotans who lack proper identification and cannot afford it, as it would be free of charge. The bill would make Minnesota the 37th state to require some form of identification to vote.

According to the bill, it would guarantee that not a single legal voter would be deprived of the right to vote. Individuals unable to provide valid proof of identity or residence would be able to cast a provisional ballot, affording the voter a period of time in which they could prove their identity. If a voter exhausts all options and is still unable to provide documentation, that voter would be allowed to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury they are a legal voter, and would then have their ballot counted. Same-day voter registration would also remain intact.

The measure isn't expected to be approved by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives or Governor Tim Walz, who have shared their distaste with the proposal.

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