"To me, it almost seems like the state does not want Native Americans to be heard, they just expect to take advantage of us again."
- Dion Jackson, disenfranchised North Dakota voter
Under current law, North Dakotans can’t vote unless they have identification that shows their name, birth date and residential address. The problem is, many Native Americans living on reservations do not have street addresses, and therefore do not currently have IDs that meet this requirement.
But it’s even worse than that: voters have been rejected because their state-issued or tribal IDs include their address, but the state database — which is riddled with errors, inconsistencies and gaps — doesn’t recognize that address. The North Dakota Native American community has been mobilizing to provide the necessary IDs to those living on reservations, with no help from the state of North Dakota. Despite their efforts, North Dakota’s strict voter ID law could prevent up to 1,000 people from casting a ballot in the upcoming election on November 6.
Here are stories from eligible, Native American voters in North Dakota who are fighting for their right to vote.