Native American tribe sues to stop voter ID requirement in North Dakota

The Hill

The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe in North Dakota has filed a lawsuit aiming to prevent the state from enforcing its voter ID requirement in next week's midterms, arguing that it will disenfranchise voters living on reservations, according to media reports.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court and seek to have a law requiring voters to present ID with a current residential street address ruled unconstitutional. Native Americans have said the law will disproportionately affect them because many Native American voters live on reservations without traditional addresses. 

Danielle Lang, a senior attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, told the Associated Press that the state's policies should "make it easier for all citizens to vote, but North Dakota’s voter ID law disenfranchises Native Americans living on reservations."

The Campaign Legal Center also signed onto the lawsuit, according to AP. “We have a choice between a democracy that includes all eligible voters and a system that excludes people based on their circumstances or backgrounds,” Lang added.

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