Minnesotans have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required a photo ID before they could vote in future elections. With just less than 99 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, Nov.7, support for the voter ID amendment was at 46.36 percent. “It’s starting to look like an insurmountable lead for the opposition on this,” said Dan McGrath, chairman of ProtectMyVote.com, just before midnight on Tuesday.
On the other side of the issue, Greta Bergstrom of Our Vote Our Future said “we’re feeling really good.” She said the Vote No side had been ahead the whole evening.
McGrath said supporters of tightening the state’s election system will continue to seek changes with newly elected lawmakers. “We’re looking forward to going back to the Legislature,” he said.
Voter ID has become popular around the nation, and the issue polled well in Minnesota until it started losing ground recently.
Since 2001, nearly 1,000 voter ID bills have been introduced in a total of 46 states. Thirty-three states have passed voter ID laws, and 30 were in place for Tuesday’s election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Polls in Minnesota showed strong support for the measure early on, but the margin lessened significantly recently.
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