Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie demonstrates an alternative to voter photo ID called photo poll books or electronic poll books.
The advantages over voter photo ID: It would bring “visual verification” into the polling place without the risk of disenfranchising voters. It would cost about $7 million to $9 million to implement. Last year the estimate to implement a voter photo ID system was about $40 million.
Representative Keith Downey (R- Edina) questions why the Secretary of State is considering such an system before the state has a voter photo ID requirement.
Representative Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) explains that this is much like our current system, but adds a photo and keeps the burden of identifying people on the government, not the individual