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Published April 10, 2012, 10:17 PM

Minn. Representatives Make Town Hall Stops, Talk Voter ID Bill

Minnesota voters will decide in November if the state constitution should include a requirement that citizens need a photo ID to vote. That issue was a hot topic at a town hall meeting with Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel in Warren Tuesday night.

Minnesota voters will decide in November if the state constitution should include a requirement that citizens need a photo ID to vote. That issue was a hot topic at a town hall meeting with Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel in Warren Tuesday night.

Many voters in northwestern Minnesota use absentee or mail-in ballots to vote during elections. Some people in that part of the state are concerned the Voter ID bill will affect their mail-in method.

"Our township is not willing to go back to voting the day of and carrying their drivers license around. It's very, very, very well accepted," Roger Hille of Warren, Minn. said.

The Minnesota Voter ID bill passed both the House and Senate along party lines. Only one Senate republican joined all democrats in opposition.

"There's a certain level of personal responsibility too, though. Who would go to the polling station and not bring their ID knowing full well that they have to have an ID?" District 1A Republican Representative Dan Fabian asked.

Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel say a strong majority of Minnesotans support this constitutional amendment. But some voters are worried it may be too restrictive.

"It better be black and white because otherwise you're going to end up getting lawsuits thrown at the state that don't need to be expenses," Frank Brda of Tabor, Minn. said.

"There's a way to put voter ID or drivers license numbers on those mail-in ballots because this part of the country is not going to be happy if you take that away," Hille added.

The cost of implementing this constitutional amendment, if passed, was also addressed.

"We promised to provide anybody who didn't have a photo id that couldn't afford one. But that's very minimal people, I don't believe it's going to be that many," District 1B Republican Representative Deb Kiel said.

Governor Mark Dayton symbolically vetoed that Voter ID amendment Monday, but it will still appear on the November ballot.

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