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Comprehensive changes to the state's voting system - including a requirement to present photo identification at the polls on Election Day - could cost the state between $30 and $60 million in the first few years.

Paper Trail: Photo ID fiscal notes

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Comprehensive changes to the state’s voting system – including a requirement to present photo identification at the polls on Election Day –  could cost the state between $30 and $60 million in the first few years.

According to fiscal notes prepared by the Minnesota Management and Budget office, the Republican-backed photo identification provision would cost the state about $5 million in the first five years. See the House and Senate fiscal notes.

The state would be required to issue free voting cards to certain residents who have alternative means of identification, according to the bill. A larger price tag is attached to two more comprehensive voting proposals, which require photo identification on Election Day and establish electronic roster machines at the polls.

Republican Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer’s comprehensive voting bill would cost the state about $58 million in the first year, while GOP Sen. Warren Limmer’s bill would cost about $32 million the first year, according to the fiscal notes.

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