Governor Dayton Vetoes Voter ID Amendment

By KBJR News 1

Governor Dayton Vetoes Voter ID Amendment

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Governor Mark Dayton has decided to veto the controversial voter ID bill that would require a valid photo to be presented at polling places before a person can vote.

However, this does not stop the bill from going to the ballot in November. Governor Dayton says that the legislature sent the bill to his office, so he exercised his legal responsibility to either sign or veto the bill. He is now urging Minnesotans to vote against this bill in November.

The voter ID bill was passed by the Senate last week, which now puts the question to voters in November whether or not everyone should present a valid photo of themselves before they are allowed to vote.

If the majority of voters vote yes on this amendment in November, neighbors will no longer be able to vouch for new residents at the polling place, and those without current ID's will cast only provisional ballots that won't be counted on Election Day.

Republicans say this bill will stop voter fraud in the state, while Democrats argue that the bill will disenfranchise voters who might not have a photo ID.

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