There’s a bill at the Capitol that made some headway today that’s bound to gin up some controversy during this election season. HF2600 will require proof of citizenship and also require photo identification when you go to vote. It’ll probably stir things up because it’s shaping up as a classic DFL vs. GOP issue.
The measure advanced, barely, at the Civil Law and Elections Committee today on 6-5 vote. Committee Chair Jeff Johnson, a sure “yes” vote, was busy testifying elsewhere on identity theft and Rep. Torrey Westrom wasn’t in the room. So the committee recessed until they could round him up and get the bill approved.