North Dakota senators approved changes to the state’s voter identification laws Monday. The bill, introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, requires voters to provide an identification issued by the state Department of Transportation or tribal government. It also includes options for those living in “special circumstances.” If the information on the ID isn’t current, it could be supplemented with a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.
The bill does away with the affidavit option available during November’s election and instead allows voters who don’t have proper ID to cast a ballot that’s then set aside until the voter’s eligibility is confirmed.
House Bill 1369 passed the Senate in a 37-10 vote Monday. The Senate amended the bill slightly so the House would need to agree to the changes before it’s sent to Gov. Doug Burgum.