The two sides fighting over North Dakota’s voter identification law failed to reach a settlement Tuesday, May 29. More than two years after several members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger over the state’s voter ID laws, the two sides met in a settlement conference at the federal courthouse in Bismarck Tuesday. But that ended without an agreement, Jaeger told county auditors in a message. Jaeger, a Republican, said he couldn’t disclose any proposals because the talks were confidential. He said “discussions may continue.”
Tom Dickson, an attorney for the tribal members, said he was “hopeful” for more talks but “the ball is in (the state’s) court.”
A federal judge recently imposed several restrictions on North Dakota’s voter ID law, such as preventing the state from mandating that IDs include a “current residential street address,” which are often missing in Native American communities. The state is appealing.