Voter ID Goes to Fall Ballot 05 Apr 12

Voters will decide in November whether government-issued photo identification should be required when voting in Minnesota, after lawmakers approved the ballot measure Wednesday and ended a years-long dispute.

The Senate approved the measure Wednesday afternoon on a 35-29 vote, with only one Republican voting against it, following the House’ 72-57 vote shortly after midnight. Lawmakers had been fighting over the issue for at least five years.

Governor Mark Dayton cannot veto proposed constitutional amendments, which need only majority support from the Legislature to get on the ballot, but the governor said Wednesday that he would campaign against it.