Voter photo ID alternative demonstrated

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie demonstrates an alternative to voter photo ID called photo poll books or electronic poll books.

The advantages over voter photo ID: It would bring ?visual verification? into the polling place without the risk of disenfranchising voters. It would cost about $7 million to $9 million to implement. Last year the estimate to implement a voter photo ID system was about $40 million.

Representative Keith Downey (R- Edina) questions why the Secretary of State is considering such an system before the state has a voter photo ID requirement.

Representative Steve Simon (DFLSt. Louis Park) explains that this is much like our current system, but adds a photo and keeps the burden of identifying people on the government, not the individual

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