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Photo ID for voting plan rejected

Democrats who control the Minnesota House rejected a GOP attempt Monday to require photo identification for voting, claiming it could disenfranchise people who do not have a photo ID.

"The issue here is nothing more than proving who you are" when you show up to vote, said Deputy Minority Leader Tom Emmer, who said his proposal was meant to prevent voter fraud. The Delano Republican's amendment to an election bill failed 70-59.

Democratic Rep. Bill Hilty of Finlayson, who authored the election bill, said requiring photo ID could make it more difficult for some legal citizens to vote. He and other Democrats also said voter fraud is not a big problem in Minnesota.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.