Alternative To Voter ID Demonstrated By Michael McIntee | February 28, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Live Coverage Subscribe to Live Coverage Follow this author Click photo to watch Secretary of State Mark Ritchie explain how picture poll books work. 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 Full video of the electronic poll books demonstration in the Minnesota House State Government Finance Committee. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.