A bill state Senate lawmakers are debating would change election laws, so the ballots of those who register to vote on election day would be held aside until it’s determined whether they’re eligible to vote. Republican Senator Mary Kiffmeyer from Big Lake contends if that isn’t done…

“Their ballot is already in the ballot box and it cannot be pulled out.”

But Columbia Heights Democrat Carolyn Laine responds those who register to vote on election day must already provide…

…”identification of both themselves and their residency, including a photo of some sort — a photo I-D of some sort. This is how we do it in Minnesota.”

The issue is wrapped up in a continuing stalemate over federal election security funding that Minnesota could access under the Help America Vote Act