Judge Blocks Native Americans’ Request to Stop North Dakota Voter ID Law


A federal judge shot down a request that would prevent North Dakota’s strict voter ID law, which requires voters have a street address, from applying to Tuesday’s midterm elections, claiming that it would cause confusion, NBC News reports.

The law presents challenges to Native Americans in the state who don’t have street addresses but have used post office boxes to get their mail, which was acceptable for them to vote in past elections. “The federal courts are unanimous in their judgment that it is highly important to preserve the status quo when elections are fast approaching,” wrote U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in his motion.

“While we are disappointed with the order, Judge Hovland was correct that the evidence indicates that disenfranchisement will be ‘certain.’ We are considering our options,” Corey Goldstone, a spokesman for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit which represented some of the plaintiffs, told NBC.

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