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Sen. Katie Sieben, pictured here during an earlier Senate hearing on a voter photo ID proposal, was among lawmakers who voted against the measure in committee on Wednesday. The measure passed 8-6. File photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Voter photo ID amendment advances in Senate

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The Republican-pushed proposal to require Minnesotans to produce photographic IDs before voting won a Wednesday party-line 8-6 Senate committee vote.


Sen. Scott Newman's proposed constitutional amendment must receive approval from at least one more committee, but since Republicans control the Senate that is likely.

Newman, R-Hutchinson, said the plan could lift Minnesota's already nation-leading voter turnout to even higher levels.

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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.