Citing Native American Barriers, Judge Orders North Dakota to Change Voter ID Law

An attorney challenging North Dakota's voter ID law welcomed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday, April 4, that expands Native Americans' options at the polls but eliminates voter affidavits.
April 6, 2018 AT 9:15 AM

An attorney challenging North Dakota's voter ID law welcomed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday, April 4, that expands Native Americans' options at the polls but eliminates voter affidavits.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland's Tuesday order came almost two months before the statewide primary election, a rapidly approaching event that prompted the state to ask for an expedited review of the case. Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa first challenged the state's voter ID law more than two years ago and notched a victory just before the 2016 election that led to last year's legislative changes.

While declining to invalidate all of the new law, Hovland imposed several restrictions on it. His order prevents the state from mandating that IDs include a "current residential street address" and expands the valid forms of ID to include more tribal documents.

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