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Associated Press, Published September 18 2012

Divisions persist on need for Minnesota voter ID amendment

ST. PAUL — Supporters of Minnesota's voter ID amendment say it will protect the integrity of the state's election system, which they contend is too loose and open to fraud.

Dan McGrath, who runs the pro-amendment campaign Protect My Vote, contends Minnesota topped all states in the number of voter fraud convictions linked to a single election — nearly 200 convictions from 2008, when Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate race by a razor-thin margin in a recount.

But Minnesota Public Radio reports that several studies have found the kind of voter fraud the ID requirement is designed to prevent extremely rare.

Laura Fredrick Wang, executive director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, says the amendment is more likely to disenfranchise voters than prevent voter fraud.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.