Minnesota college students rally against voter ID amendment

College students from around the state rallied with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at the U of M Tuesday in an effort to defeat the proposed voter ID amendent on the ballot in November.
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College students from around the state rallied with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at the U of M Tuesday in an effort to defeat the proposed voter ID amendent on the ballot in November, MPR News reports.

If passed, the amendment would require voters to have a government-issued ID at the polls. Alex Kopel, a junior at St. Thomas, tells MPR News she's concerned the measure would prohibit her from using her private college student ID when voting.

Minnesota Student Association president Taylor Williams says that the cost of providing identification to eligible voters could be put to better use, such as more funding for higher education.

According to MinnPost, advocates for the amendment says the cost of a new system is worth clean elections. However, Dan McGrath chairman of Protect My Vote, tells MPR there's no reason to believe the requirement would divert money from higher education.

Should the amendment pass, how it will be implemented is up to the state Legislature to decide. There are 201 state legislative seats up for grabs this election, the Minnesota Daily noted.

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