A report by the group Citizens For Election Integrity Minnesota estimates that if residents approve the Voter ID amendment in November, implementing the measure could cost state and county governments at least $33 million and possibly twice that amount. The group says individual Minnesotans could spend a similar amount on documentation to qualify for free state-issued IDs.
The presence of the proposed Constitutional amendment on November's ballot was not certain until last week, when the state Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the question.
The Star Tribune writes that the high court's ruling has the Legislature riding a winning streak in its power struggles with the executive branch.
Legal analysts told MPR last week, though, that litigation over the amendment may have only just begun and that years of court cases are possible if voters approve the measure.