Senate committee approves amendment to require voter IDs

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The Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections approved Wednesday an amendment to the Constitution that will require voters to present a photo ID.

The controversial bill passed by an 8-6 vote, the Pioneer Press reported. A government innovation and veterans committee will handle it next.

Republicans defended the proposal as a reasonable way of insuring election integrity, a Star Tribune article said. The proposal would effect voting in November.

Two weeks ago, the bill was the subject of a five-hour hearing, where testimony was taken from about three dozen witnesses, the article said. Most witnesses opposed the amendment.

The article said that Constitutional amendments require no action by the governor to get on the ballot. Dayton vetoed a voter ID bill last session.

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