Gov. Dayton urges voters to reject voter ID 09 Apr 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s ready to do whatever he can to urge voters to reject the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November.

Dayton issued a symbolic veto of the amendment Monday, though he has no legal power to stop it from appearing on the ballot. The GOP-controlled Legislature signed off on it last week.

Dayton says the amendment would cripple Minnesota’s election system by curbing same-day voter registration, absentee balloting and mail-in voting. Backers say requiring voters to prove their identity is an election integrity measure.

The governor says he doesn’t think there is a way to prevent it from going to voters.

Dayton symbolically vetoed another amendment last year: One defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.


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