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State of North Dakota, tribes agree to settle voter ID lawsuits


February 14, 2020

The state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes have agreed to settle two lawsuits over the state’s voter identification requirements.

The crux of both lawsuits is North Dakota's requirement since 2004 that voters have identification with a provable residential street address. That can be hard to come by on reservations, where many streets have no signs, many family members live together, and some tribal members have no permanent address or are homeless. Many tribal members rely on post office boxes as their permanent address, and many don’t have necessary documents such as a birth certificate to get an ID, or they simply can’t afford one.


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