Minnesota House Passes Voter Suppression Constitutional Amendment Proposal

The Republican-controlled Minnesota house of representatives passed a proposed photo ID measure that would require voters to show valid, government-issued identification at the polls, in a 72-62 vote, along party lines. The photo ID amendment proposal — which will likely suppress voter turnout among elderly, poor, and minority voters who may have more difficulty obtaining a valid ID — is now headed to the state senate where it is scheduled to be taken up by the rules committee on Wednesday. The amendment will go before voters on the November ballot if approved by the senate, bypassing Gov. Mark Dayton (D), who vetoed a voter photo ID bill that state lawmakers approved last year. — Fatima Najiy