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Published April 21, 2011, 05:15 PM

MN House Speaker Stumbles Over Voting 'Right'

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers has revised remarks that appeared to challenge a constitutional underpinning of the right to vote.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers has revised remarks that appeared to challenge a constitutional underpinning of the right to vote.

Zellers told a radio show host Wednesday night that he regarded voting as a privilege rather than a right. On Thursday, the Republican lawmaker told The Associated Press he misspoke and that he understands the right to vote is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution.

Voting rights are enshrined in the Constitution but they can be revoked over felony convictions.

Zellers' initial comment came during discussion of a bill requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places. The bill is advancing through the Legislature but faces resistance from the Democratic governor.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis first reported on the "Late Debate" show hosted by a Republican strategist.

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