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Republicans Ramp Up Push For Photo ID At Minnesota Polls

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ST. PAUL  (AP) — Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are moving ahead on a long-held election law goal with a proposal requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Proponents were to outline their plan Wednesday amid a more favorable political climate for the legislation than before.

One feature in this year’s bill would have the state provide free IDs to voters who don’t have a driver’s license.

The ID requirement is among a raft of election changes Republicans are pursuing this year.

They also hope to revise the rules for recounts and create a system for provisional ballots if someone’s eligibility is challenged. The system would require the person subject to the challenge to appear before election officials later to argue for their ballot to get counted.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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