The North Dakota Senate voted down a bill Wednesday that would have allowed voters without an approved form of identification to cast a provisional ballot. Senate Bill 2353, sponsored by Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, failed 18-29 Wednesday. Provisional ballots wouldn’t count until the voter could prove their eligibility with a postcard mailed by the county auditor after the election.
Schneider’s bill was one of several that have been introduced this session to change the city’s voter identification laws after an election that saw a number of voters turned away from the polls because of ID issues.
The North Dakota Legislature changed the state’s voter ID law last session to eliminate the option to sign a voter affidavit. Unlike affidavits, provisional ballots wouldn’t be counted until eligibility was proven, Schneider said previously.