A proposed constitutional amendment to make voters show a photo ID at the polls is now halfway to a spot on the November ballot.
The Minnesota House passed the proposal 72-62 late Tuesday night after a nine-hour debate in which critics called the measure “ridiculous,” ”absurd” and “a 21st-century Jim Crow law.”
Lead House sponsor Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, said the proposal is “common sense” that will increase voter confidence in the voting system and, therefore, increase voter turnout.
“Every single vote in that ballot box deserves to be counted accurately and honestly,” Kiffmeyer said during floor debate. “The same level of integrity should be there (when it comes to) who gets the ballot.”
After the Senator Stuart Smalley recount debacle, Minnesotans have a reason to be concerned about ballot integrity.