Less than a week after the , Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it Monday.
The passage of the measure puts voters in charge of deciding whether to . However, constitutional amendments do not need the governor's signature, making Dayton's veto a symbolic one.
Dayton acknowledged his action won't stop the amendment from appearing on the general election ballot this November, however, he called it a "proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing" in a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove). The amendment "goes far beyond its stated intention to require Photo ID's. Instead, it dismantles Minnesota's Best-in-the-Nation election system" by ending same-day voter registration and requiring new system of provisional ballots, Dayton wrote, adding that it "would severely restrict absentee voting, mail-in voting, and balloting for members of our Armed Forces and others overseas."
Dayton's Democrat cohorts in the legislature, including Richfield representatives, have long been opposed to the Republican-backed amendment. has repeatedly stated that he felt Republicans were spending too much time on amendments, rather than tackling . U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has also been very vocal, saying not only would it make it harder to vote, but also .
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