A bill requiring a photo ID to vote in state elections is moving forward at the State Capitol. At a committee meeting Monday, DFL Senator Ron Latz of St. Louis Park, who opposes the bill, said instances of voter fraud are minuscule and…

“I don’t see any evidence here, except to raise a boogeyman about a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Latz said the bill would suppress voter turnout. But the bill’s author, Republican Senator Scott Newman of Hutchinson, citing a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, countered…

“They found that there was no statistical evidence that voter turnout is affected by voter id.”

Minnesota voters in 2012 rejected a constitutional amendment for voter ID by a margin of 52- to 46-percent. Newman is now proposing a statutory change.