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Voter ID amendment could cost Ramsey County $1.7 million per biennium

That's the estimate Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky gave county board members Tuesday if the proposed constitutional amendment passes. It would require voters to show valid photo identification. The Pioneer Press has more on the concerns and questions among commissioners.
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That's the estimate Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky gave county board members Tuesday if the proposed constitutional amendment passes. It would require voters to show valid photo identification. The Pioneer Press has more on the concerns and questions among commissioners.

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