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Rochester Mayor speaks out against voter ID amendment

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester city officials took sides Tuesday in the photo ID constitutional amendment debate.

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede has asked citizens to "vote no" in November on the proposed amendment requiring all Minnesota voters to show a government issued photo ID at the polls.

City clerk Judy Scherr estimated additional precinct judges, cost of implementation, and new technology could add an extra $10,000 to $20,000 to the bill for area taxpayers.

City council member Michael Wojcik says it unfairly targets disabled, elderly, and youth who don't have a government ID.

"Maybe they can drive down and get a photo ID made up, maybe they can't," Wojcik said. "The reality is that we've put a hurdle in front of a group of people who have every right to vote, their vote should count, and all we've done is make it harder for them to vote."

The amendment will appear on ballots in November.

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