The Senate Finance Committee approved a Photo ID requirement for all voters and sent it to the Senate Rules Committee.

The committee approved the measure by a 9-6 party line vote, with Republicans supporting it and DFLers opposing it. 

It is among the more controversial at the Capitol this year,and would put the question on the November ballot; if voters approve of it, the state constitution would be amended to require all voters to show a photo ID at the polling places.

The committee discussion focused on what will happen to absentee voters, mail-in voters and other groups of voters whose ID could not be shown in person. The sponsor, Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, replied to every question by saying the 2013 Legislature would have to make those decisions.


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