Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider says he has an idea of how to change North Dakota’s voter ID law. The 2014 election was the first election with the new law in effect. It requires a North Dakota voter to present a valid ID at their voting precinct, which means the information on the ID should match what’s on record with the DOT. Due to confusion at several precincts, some voters were turned away. Schneider says the new law was meant to address voter fraud, which he says is not a problem in North Dakota. He says he would prefer a return to the old law, which required that a voter would swear under oath that they are who they say they are to be able to vote. But he says if that is not possible, he has another proposal.
“I intend to go forward with legislation that would allow for the casting of provisional ballots. So if an individual does not have a correct ID, they’d be able to cast a provisional ballot and as long as they come back and show a valid ID within a specified period of time, their vote would be counted. So if there is voter fraud out there, we could address that, and still allow eligible voters to cast a ballot.”