North Dakota asks judge to dismiss tribe’s voter ID lawsuit

AP News,  January 8, 2019
North Dakota has asked a federal judge to dismiss a Native American tribe’s lawsuit challenging the state’s voter identification requirements, saying in part that tribal members named in the complaint weren’t impeded from voting on Election Day.

It was part of a larger effort to ensure that members of all North Dakota tribes could vote following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that month in a similar lawsuit filed by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Justices allowed the state to continue requiring voters to show identification with a provable street address, as opposed to addresses such as post office boxes that many reservation residents have long relied on. However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in dissent that “the risk of voter confusion appears severe here.”

By Blake Nicholson

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