Minnesota Senate Republicans Approve Voter Suppression Constitutional Amendment

Friday Minnesota Senate followed their House counterparts and passed a proposed amendment to the state constitution to add a strict photo identification requirement for all Minnesotans trying to vote. Senate Democrats noted that the measure will be a regression for voting rights, will likely disenfranchise voters, and would do little to stop the virtually non-existent problem of voter fraud. The House and Senate versions were slightly different, so the proposal will still need to be reconciled before it goes before voters. If the amendment wins in a public referendum, it would likely eliminate the state’s same-day voting registration — a rule that has helped make voter participation in the North Star State among the highest in the country.