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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie tells a Minnesota House committee Thursday he opposes a bill by Rep. Tom Emmer, left, that would require voters to provide photo identification before voting. The bill failed to pass the committee. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Photo ID rejected, but could return


ST. PAUL - Lawmakers rejected a plan requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, but expect to see the legislation again.

A Minnesota House committee on Thursday rejected the bill by Rep. Tom Emmer that would have required voters to show photo identification, such as a driver's license, when they vote.

"Without a photo ID requirement as part of our election process ... it calls into question the integrity of the process," said Emmer, R-Delano.

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