The Iowa drivers license qualifies to vote in Minnesota because it is both “valid” and is “government issued.” The student ID for a private school would not qualify because the government didn’t issue it. The student from Iowa would need to now live in Minnesota and be at least 18 years old.
Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL- Brooklyn Park) was one of several Democratic lawmakers who tried to change the voter photo ID standard from “government issued” to “government approved.” Representative Kiffmeyer opposed the change saying it made the requirements too “vague.”
The Senate is considering a slightly different version of the voter photo ID bill and could vote on it as early as Friday. If what the Senate passes remains different than the House, it will need to go to a conference committee. The bill would not need Governor Mark Dayton’s signature to appear on the fall ballot. Republicans are passing voter photo ID as a constitutional amendment instead of a law since the Democratic Minnesota Governor vetoed similar legislation last year and Republicans did not have enough votes to override his veto.