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Preview: Voter ID Amendment on ballot in Minnesota

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LA CRESCENT, MN (WXOW)—On the ballot in Minnesota, whether to add an amendment into the constitution requiring voters to show a valid government issued ballot before voting.

Supporters of the amendment say it prevents voter fraud.

Those opposed say it's aimed at minorities, students and the elderly, many of who do not have drivers licenses and who tend to vote democratic.

Minnesota's, republican controlled, Legislature passed a voter id law; but, it was vetoed by the democratic governor in May 2011.

Now, voters themselves will decide whether or not to change the state constitution.

If the amendment passes, Minnesota would provide voters with free id's.

 Section 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the amendment is adopted, article VII, section 1, will read:

Section 1. (a) Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

(b) All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot. The state must issue photographic identification at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the requirements of this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law.

(c) All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.

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