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Affidavit allowed for North Dakota voters lacking ID


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota must allow voters who don't have a state-required ID to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit swearing they are a qualified voter, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland's order, which came Tuesday, weeks before November's general election, essentially reinstates a provision that had been allowed in North Dakota until 2013 when the state's Republican-led Legislature killed it. The state has required voters to provide ID since 2004.

Hovland blocked the state's voter identification law in August after it was challenged by seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who argued the requirements "disproportionately burden and disenfranchise Native Americans."


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