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Secretary of state asks that tribal voting ID lawsuit be dismissed

BISMARCK -North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger is asking that court dismiss a lawsuit by seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who claim that recent changes to the state's voter identification laws infringe on their right to ...

BISMARCK –North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger is asking that court dismiss a lawsuit by seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who claim that recent changes to the state’s voter identification laws infringe on their right to vote.

Documents filed Wednesday argue that Jaeger’s office can’t resolve the issues brought in the lawsuit that was filed in January in U.S. District Court in Bismarck.

North Dakota is the only state in the nation without voter registration but state lawmakers passed new voter ID requirements in 2013 and 2015. The lawsuit asks the court to find that those ID requirements “disproportionately burden and disenfranchise Native Americans,” and to declare them unconstitutional and stop Jaeger from enforcing them.

The lawsuit claims some plaintiffs were refused the right to vote in November 2014 because their tribal ID didn’t list a current residential address. It says some tribal members can’t afford a new tribal ID or the documentation needed to obtain a state driver’s license or non-driver ID card.

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