The proposed voter identification ballot measure to amend Article VII, Section 1 of the
Minnesota Constitution will fundamentally change the state’s election system. Few states,
notably Georgia and Indiana, have implemented equally stringent identification requirements.
Executing voter photo identification in Minnesota poses an unprecedented challenge in
accommodating Election Day registration. In addition, state and local officials will face
monumental tasks: influencing enabling legislation, drafting sound election rules and
procedures, and effectively managing election costs. Lastly, with an implementation date of
November 2013, time and resources will be extremely limited for effectively addressing all
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Voter Identification: The True Costs An Analysis of Minnesota’s Voter Identification Amendment.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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