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Minnesota Officials Propose Novel Third Way On Voter ID That Prevents Fraud Without Disenfranchising Voters

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Currently, the Republican-controlled Minnesota legislature is advancing a bill to enact voter ID restrictions in the North Star State. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who oppose the measure, are proposing an alternative that could prevent fraud without denying Minnesotans the right to vote. Here's how it would work:

With an electronic 'poll book,' eligible voters who have lost an ID or no longer carry one could come to the polling place and have their electronic information pulled up from state records, Ritchie said.

He said about 84,000 Minnesota voters don't carry photo ID, but in many cases, they would have photos in the state drivers' database. For those who don't, another ID could be scanned in or a photo could be taken at the polling place.

'We would not be disenfranchising anybody and we would not be breaking the bank,' Ritchie said.
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