North Dakota is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that found problems with how the state’s voter identification laws affect Native Americans. The state is arguing the case Monday in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in April agreed to expand the proof of identity Native Americans can use for North Dakota elections. The judge also ordered eliminating a requirement that those documents include residential street addresses, which sometimes aren’t assigned on American Indian reservations.
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued the state in 2016, alleging its ID requirements discriminated against Native Americans.
The state says changing ID requirements could lead to voter fraud.
Hovland has criticized the state for raising a “litany of embellished concerns” over his ruling.