The St. Paul Issues Forum has a lively discussion going about the Minnesota Voters Alliance and Citizens for Responsible Taxation's efforts to push a photo ID requirement when voting in Saint Paul, as well as Minneapolis and Duluth, three DFL stronghold cities.
MIndy's Andy Birkey has reported that the backers of the petition drives in Minneapolis don't even live in the community where they want to change the law.
The lobbying group's site quotes former Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer: "Photo ID requirement increases voter confidence in our elections."
Actually, voter confidence in our elections has been primarily harmed by the propaganda efforts of groups like hers and the national ACORN hysteria about supposed voter fraud.
Like a few commenters on the St. Paul Issues Forum, the MVACRT site tries to debunk claims that voter ID suppresses turnout: "In Indiana's first election after implementation of Photo ID, turnout increased 13%. In the 2008 Indiana election, turnout increased 2%, affirming the Supreme Court's feelings [sic]."
This garbles the actual study that is the basis for the comment. The study compared the first post-Photo ID election (2006) to the previous midterm (2002) and found a 2% increase, not 13%. Voter turnout for the 2008 presidential election was substantially higher than in 2006 (2.8 million vs. 1.7 million).
The Brookings Institution cites research following Indiana's 2008 general election finding "that the state’s voter identification laws prevented a majority of votes cast by provisional ballots as a result of a lack of photo identification from being counted."
Last fall, an Indiana state appellate court struck down the ID requirement as violating the Indiana Constitution for failing to treat all voters equally.
Last year the forum's Instant Runoff Voting thread got esoteric and lost me after a while, but so far the discussion on Photo IDs is pretty good.
Rep. Tom Emmer, a GOP candidate for governor, has been been one of the advocates for tighter voter ID requirements, so I don't expect this issue to go away soon.