Those registering to vote on Election Day would fill out a provisional ballot that would be counted only if it’s verified that they’re eligible to vote — that among proposed election changes the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate passed Monday after a lengthy debate with Democrats. G-O-P Senator Carla Nelson from Rochester says:

“Election integrity is… just as important as voter turnout.”

Burnsville Democrat Lindsey Port responded processes are already in place to audit elections, particularly very close ones:

“This bill does not deter fraud. It deters people’s votes from being counted.”

Port say voters in Greater Minnesota might have to travel long distances to address problems with their provisional ballots, effectively denying the vote to some Minnesotans.