Concerns about verifying where voters live dominated the discussion Tuesday as state lawmakers continue to study whether North Dakota should become the 50th state to adopt voter registration. The Legislature voted last March to study a system of voter registration, including what it would take to allow same-day voter registration like Minnesota has. Some contend the state already has a de facto voter registration system through its central voter file, which is maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office and receives address information from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
But Burleigh County Auditor/Treasurer Kevin Glatt said his concern is that no one validates the addresses as authentic or as residential addresses.
“I think the process of registration would help validate addresses and confirm residency,” he told the Legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee.
Glatt recalled how the driver’s licenses of some Bismarck voters have listed the business address of Mail Boxes Etc. “What do we do with those? Do we tell these people, ‘No you can’t vote’?” he said.