The North Dakota Senate stripped language from legislation Tuesday that would have allowed voters to use a bill, bank statement or change-of-address form to prove their residency at the polls. Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck, said county auditors had concerns with that portion of House Bill 1333. “It isn’t difficult to have these items sent to a different address where the voter does not reside,” she said. Senators also removed language allowing an expired driver’s license as an acceptable form of voter identification.
The amended bill passed 38-9. It now goes back to the House, which can concur with the changes or request a conference committee to iron out the differences.
Sponsored by Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, the bill was one of several introduced this session that aimed to clarify and enhance the state’s voter ID laws after changes made last session generated some confusion at the polls and reports of more voters than usual being turned away.
One major change is that the secretary of state could no longer prescribe alternative forms of voter ID.