Gov. Mark Dayton says a bill that would require Minnesotans to show photo identification before voting as “a solution looking for a problem.” But Dayton is stopping short of a veto threat.
A House committee is set to discuss the proposal this morning. Supporters say that requiring photo identification at the polls will ensure election integrity. But Dayton disagrees. He there’s no evidence of any significant voter fraud in Minnesota.
“I think every vote should be a legal vote in Minnesota and we should have means to measure that,” Dayton said. “But I think this has been a greatly exaggerated phenomenon by those who are dissatisfied with the political results of the last two elections in Minnesota. And I think it’s very unfortunate that they are casting aspersions on the integrity of our election process in Minnesota, which I think has been completely upheld by the last two very careful recounts.”
If supporters of the voter ID bill fail to get a bill past Dayton, they could decide to bypass the governor and push the requirement as a constitutional amendment.