North Dakota is fighting part of a federal judge’s ruling that loosened the state’s voter identification law. Early this month, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued an order preventing the state from requiring that IDs include a “current residential street address, which Native American communities often lack. The state asked Tuesday, April 10, to delay that order while an appeal is pending. The state also asked for a stay on Hovland’s order requiring a voter education campaign, arguing that “informing the public now about information that may later change may cause more confusion.”
Attorneys representing members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger more than two years ago over previous voter ID changes, had not filed a response by mid-afternoon Thursday, April 19. But attorney Tom Dickson said they would fight the state’s request.
“That’s what we litigated over,” he said. “We’re not going to just quit now.”