At stake in this decision, as in all other election-related questions, is the accuracy of election results in determining our leadership. Voter ID laws are designed to harm Democratic voters more than Republicans as numerous studies have shown that Republicans are more likely to already have ID. From KDUZ:
In a press release, Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson) states he has once again introduced a bill that would require Minnesotans to present a valid photo identification for in-person and absentee voting. The bill establishes a new voter identification card free-of-charge to individuals who lack proper identification and cannot afford it.
Senator Newman also carried the voter ID bill in 2020.
From the state Senator’s press release:
“I believe a voter ID requirement is the only way to truly guarantee the integrity of our elections… Millions of American citizens believe there was widespread fraud during the last election, and their loss of faith in the integrity of our election system alone justifies incorporating photo ID into our voting system. We must use every tool at our disposal to eliminate all irregularities, inconsistencies, and fraud. In addition we must restore faith in our election system for those voters who no longer believe our system is secure. A voter ID rule promises that every single Minnesotan who wants to participate in the process will be counted and protected — no more, no less.”
See more on the subject at the Democracy Chronicles Voter ID archive of articles.