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HF 2738

3rd Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 05/22/2012 03:24pm

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article VII, section 1;
requiring voters to present photographic identification; providing photographic
identification to voters at no charge; requiring substantially equivalent
verification standards for all voters; allowing provisional balloting for voters
unable to present photographic identification.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.

An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
amendment is adopted, article VII, section 1, will read:

Section 1.

(a) Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the
United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next
preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one
otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election
shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to
vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person
who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under
guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

(b) All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic
identification before receiving a ballot. The state must issue photographic identification
at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the
requirements of this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic
identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must
only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law.

(c) All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially
equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.

Sec. 2. SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.

(a) The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2012 general
election. If approved, the amendment is effective July 1, 2013, for all voting at elections
scheduled to be conducted November 5, 2013, and thereafter. The question submitted
must be:

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid
photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible
voters, effective July 1, 2013?

Yes
.
No . "

(b) The title required under Minnesota Statutes, section 204D.15, subdivision 1, for
the question submitted to the people under paragraph (a) shall be: "Photo Identification
Required for Voting."

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