Voter ID amendment fails in Minnesota

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Opponents of the Voter I.D. amendment waiting results at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.
In an outcome that seemed nearly impossible just a few weeks ago, Minnesotans have defeated a controversial amendment to the state constitution that would have created stricter voting laws in the state, including a requirement for voters to bring a government-issued photo I.D. to the polls.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, only 46 percent of tallied votes are in favor of the amendment, with 53 percent against it.

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Passed by the Legislature in 2012, the proposed voter I.D. amendment generated plenty of aggressive high-ranking critics, including Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Gov. Mark Dayton. Supporters call the amendment "common sense," but the mostly Democrat opposition contested it was unfunded -- it would have run us somewhere between $1 and $100 million, depending on who you ask -- and an answer to a problem that doesn't exist, given Minnesota's low frequency of voter fraud cases.

A few months ago, polls showed the amendment was poised to pass with an advantage well into the double digits. At the time, it seemed like supporters would hardly have to get out of bed to win this one.

But in the past few months, that gap continued to close. Monday morning, a survey released by Public Policy Polling showed the Vote No crowd had pulled ahead.

Such a dramatic flip begs a question: Did Our Vote Our Future -- the primary opponents of the amendment -- just run one of the most impressive campaigns in Minnesota history, or did its supporters run one of the worst?

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I have a question then.  Yesterday when I voted, I was required to show an I.D.  No big deal. Being that this amendment was defeated, does this mean in the future, I will no longer have to do so?  Or does this just apply for vouchering for someone without an I.D.?  I believe CinBlue once told me it only applies for vouchering, but now it appears to apply to everyone.  


Gotta keep a steady stream of illegals and outsiders coming in from other states (and countries) to pad Democrat votes totals.  Again, if not for the urban Twin Cities filth and leeches, this never would've passed.  Again, outstate Minnesota is embarrassed by the aforementioned scum of the state- hopefully people around the country know most of the our counties are not infested with sodomites and marxists.

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 @keny1 You actually don't need an ID to register, but it's the most common way to determine identity for same-day registrations so it's not surprising that you were asked for one.


It's possible to have another registered voter in your precinct vouch for you, if you have a current utility bill to prove residence.


So you don't really *need* an ID now, and you won't need one in the future.


Much of what passes for "voter ID" is *really* proof of address. The Republicans seem strangely obsessed with that address on your ID being current, but they sell the issue as proving *identity*. Even though your passport proves both identity and citizenship, no voter ID legislation will accept it because it does not include your address.


You will still need to prove your address if you move before the next election, and at least get someone to vouch for your identity at the polls.


If you don't move before the next election, you will need no documentation at all to vote in the next election.


 @keny1 Did you register at the polls? A state ID is one of the items someone can use to prove their residency when they register. 


It's also possible you were asked for an ID incorrectly. 


 @PaganCrusher clearly you are not a Minnesotan because those of us in the "heathen" Twin Cities respect and call our pals outside of the cities "Greater Minnesotans"


 @Natalie Yes, I did register at the polls.  But I called ahead of time and was told that you had to have a government-issued I.D. (D.L., military I.D., etc.).  What's interesting was that that as I was registering, another guy came in after me, and he did not have a current I.D. (he claimed that he just moved to Columbia Heights from Minneapolis, so the address on his I.D. was his former Mpls address.)  He was told that he could register, but had to show a current utility bill that had his new Columbia Heights address listed.  He could not produce one, so he was turned away.  


So again, getting back to my question, since the amendment failed, does this mean next time anyone can walk into a polling place and claim that they live in that respective city and be allowed to vote or will they still have to show an I.D. to register?


 @anthonasty  Don't worry, I called the waaaaaaaaaaaaaah-mbulance on PaganCrusher's behalf.

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