4 Republicans Running For Governor Support Voter ID

4 Republicans Running For Governor Support Voter ID Photo: AP/File

October 24, 2017 11:22 AM

Four Republicans running for governor in Minnesota all support requiring voters to show identification at the polls, despite the idea being rejected during a 2012 statewide vote.

The candidates are Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former Republican Party chair Keith Downey, state Rep. Matt Dean and state Sen. Dave Osmek.

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Minnesota Public Radio reports the candidates say the 2012 vote isn't the last word on the issue. Only 46 percent of voters supported the proposed state constitutional amendment on voter identification.

The candidates say the issue was defeated because of an unsuccessful campaign and that they believe most Minnesota residents favor photo ID voting requirements.

Opponents say such policies discriminate against the elderly, poor and minority voters who are less likely to carry identification.


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Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson lost to Gov. Mark Dayton by roughly 5 percentage points in 2014. Johnson won a seat on the Hennepin County Commission in 2008 after serving three terms in the state House. Johnson won the GOP endorsement at his party's convention in Duluth. Johnson has selected Donna Bergstrom, a Republican activist and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, as his running mate.

Website: http://www.johnsonforgovernor.org/

The former Minnesota governor has announced his candidacy for governor in 2018. Tim Pawlenty previously served as governor from 2003 to 2011. He was first elected in 2002, defeating DFL candidate Roger Moe and Independence Party candidate Tim Penny in the general election. He was reelected in 2006, beating DFL candidate Mike Hatch. Pawlenty has selected Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach as his running mate.

Website: http://www.timpawlenty.com/


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