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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers takes notes Tuesday night as Democrats challenge a ruling he made during a debate about requiring Minnesotans to show a photo ID before voting. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Voter ID ballot measure spotlight moves to Senate

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ST. PAUL -- Republicans held strong through hours of state House debate Tuesday night, maintaining it is critical to shore up Minnesota's election process by requiring votes to present photographic identification.

Representatives voted 72-62 along party lines at 2:14 a.m. today, after more than eight hours of debate, to amend the state Constitution to require a voter photo ID.

GOP Reps. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove and Denny McNamara of Hastings backed the measure.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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