The PJ Tatler

Minnesota Voter ID bill DOA to Governor

The Minnesota legislature passed a requirement that photo identification be shown at the polls.  But there is little chance it will become law because it promises to be vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton (D). 

Dayton has said that he, like former Republican Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Arne Carlson, won’t sign any election bills that don’t have bipartisan support, and DFL lawmakers overwhelmingly opposed the photo ID bill. The House approved it 74-58 largely along party lines.

The mention of Tim Pawlenty only signing election bills with bipartisan support came as a surprise given how few election law bills are ever bipartisan anymore.   Very few Democratic governors ever veto election law changes passed by Democratic controlled legislatures simply because they lacked GOP support.