In an effort to bolster election security, State Senate Republicans are pushing to require a photo ID to vote in state elections. At a committee meeting Thursday, Munira Mohamed with the ACLU Minnesota argued that the bill targets low-income voters and racial minorities…

“Why are we looking at bill that would repress voting, a hallmark of a healthy democracy.”

But the bill’s author, Republican Senator Scott Newman of Hutchinson, responded…

“The information that I have seen shows no significant difference in voter participation by minorities after a voter id law is in place.”

Voters in 2012 rejected a constitutional amendment for voter ID by a margin of 52- to 46-percent. Newman is now proposing a statutory change.