Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a Republican-backed bill last spring that would have required Minnesotans to show photo identification to vote. In his veto letter, Dayton noted that the measure would have forced local governments to spend money and that it did not have broad bipartisan support. But voter ID supporters insist the measure is needed to prevent election fraud. That’s why they’ve introduced legislation that would bypass Dayton and allow voters to make the change through a constitutional amendment. Governors cannot veto constitutional amendments.
If a majority of the Legislature approves one, it will show up on the ballot in November. State Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said Dayton’s veto last year was a big factor in his sponsoring the amendment bill.
“This is a way to, in effect, challenge his veto,” Newton said. “We’ll let the people decide whether or not they want voter ID legislation in the state of Minnesota.”