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Voter ID amendment headed for House debate

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lengthy debate is expected Tuesday when the Minnesota House takes up a constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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The House Rules Committee passed the Republican-back amendment Monday on a party line vote. If the House and Senate pass the measure, voters would decide in November whether to amend the state constitution to add the requirement.

Republicans argue that a photo ID is needed to ensure the integrity of elections. But, Democrats say the requirement would disenfranchise voters who are mostly likely not to have such identification. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a photo ID bill last year, leading the GOP to propose the amendment, which the Democratic governor could not veto.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/GAzEhp ) says the House is expected to consider the measure Tuesday night.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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