The Minnesota Senate this past week debated, then pased a bill that will present a proposed Constitutional amendment to citizens on whether to require photo ID for voting.
And the issue has proven to be a political football with Roseville Patch readers. The controversy has generated dozens of reader comments in our most spirited online debate since launching Rosevlle Patch nearly a year ago.
Take our poll, then take a look at the comments that are being waged on this issue, both pro and con. And feel free to join the discussion.
The Senate's action means the proposed amendment will now go to Minnesota voters next November, according to a Pioneer Press report. The measure passed mostly along a vote of party lines, with Republicans supporting the measure and DFLers opposing it.
Among the opponents was state Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville. Here are some comments Marty made on the issue:
“The bottom line is you know the intent [of Republican sponsors].”
“No student at the University of Minnesota could use anything but a valid Driver’s License or License ID. They have to get those for those six months just in order to vote, so you’re probably going to disenfranchise a lot of them.”
“Frankly you can use a photo ID that looks nothing like you and an election judge doesn’t know.”
“This bill will disenfranchise students and people with disabilities.”
“A lot of the homeless population served in Vietnam and came back scarred and they deserved the same rights as we do.”
“This bill is going to disenfranchise tens of thousands of people.”
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