The fate of Minnesota’s Voter ID constitutional amendment hinges on the November elections in more ways than one — and it could be procedurally defeated even if approved at the polls, according to some experts. Democrats may get a final chance to soften the blow they say the measure would cause voters if it truly became part of the Minnesota Constitution. Republicans will have to watch the gamble they took in deciding to bypass the governor and to leave the specifics of a Photo ID system to the next Legislature. The amendment, which polls show highly favored by the public, would require voters to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Despite highly publicized campaigns against Voter ID, many opponents seem resigned to the likelihood that it will pass. But even if it does, it would be up to the next Legislature to fill in the statutory blanks of how the system would work, since the wording of the bite-size amendment speaks only in generalities.
That means a Democratic return to majority status in both the House and Senate in November — which some see as a possibility — could throw a wrench in the Republican works. It’s unlikely that if they regained control, DFL legislators would pass anything like the bill Voter ID advocates are imagining. MinnPost talked to a number of DFLers and Republicans active on the Voter ID issue to see how they think things will shake out.