The measure was advertised as a means of protecting election integrity. Opponents said it would disenfranchise voters by the thousands.
Polls released over the weekend show that the voter ID constitutional amendment is now in an extremely tight race, and campaigns on both sides are working hard to make sure their supporters turn out Tuesday.
Minnesota voters will decide whether they want to use the state constitution to make significant changes in state election law.
The two hotly contested constitutional amendment questions on the statewide ballot in November could end up being decided by razor-thin margins, but neither result would be subject to an automatic recount.
The proposed requirement for voters to show photo identification at polls is either a common sense protection or a costly and confusing measure that's too harsh for enshrinement in the state constitution. Two of Minnesota's lawmakers publicly debated the issue Tuesday evening.
"Vote No Twice," an effort to urge voters to reject the constitutional amendments on the ballot next week, is a grass-roots campaign, and the groups that are organized to defeat the amendments say they have no plan to adopt a similar ad campaign.
Another state official is coming under fire for publicly opposing the two constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey has been traveling the state speaking out against the amendment.
With less than two weeks until Election Day, a flurry of charges and countercharges flew today in the debate over the voter ID constitutional amendment.
College students from throughout the state gathered at the University of Minnesota today to speak out against the voter ID constitutional amendment.
The push for a voter ID requirement has been a deeply partisan battle, so much so that -- if a proposed constitutional amendment passes -- many of the specifics in next year's legislation could hinge on which party wins control of the House and Senate.
DFL challenger Brian Barnes in the race for the 3rd District House seat took a rare debate opportunity today to try to gain ground against incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen.
Opponents of a proposed voter ID amendment say the requirement would make it difficult for thousands of people to cast a ballot. They say senior citizens are among those most likely to face hurdles. Supporters of voter ID say it's just not that hard to acquire identification.
Military veterans have moved front and center in the debate over Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment.
For voter ID supporters, veterans are a symbol to sell their message of election integrity. Opponents have turned to veterans to point out the potential problems that soldiers could face when they try to vote.
Two Republican lawmakers say they think DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has gone too far in his criticism of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment, which is on the November ballot.
Many opponents of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls say it unfairly deters minorities, the elderly and students from voting, and amounts to an effort aimed at suppressing support from traditionally Democratic constituencies.