Federal Judge Blocks North Dakota Voter ID Law
BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota’s state’s voter identification law after it was challenged by a group of American Indians, who alleged it unfairly burdened their right to vote.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued a temporary restraining order and criticized the state for its 2013 repeal of provisions that let people without valid IDs vote if someone vouched for them or if they signed an affidavit swearing they were a qualified voter.
“The public interest in protecting the most cherished right to vote for thousands of Native Americans who currently lack a qualifying ID and cannot obtain one, outweighs the purported interest and arguments of the State,” Hovland wrote.
He added: “There are a multitude of easy remedies that most states have adopted in some form to alleviate this burden.”
The GOP/conservatives do understand one thing: they know the vote is more dangerous than a firearm and a true existential threat-hence the mass disenfranchisement of people who could put them out of power. Time and demographics are working against them, so this is their last-ditch effort to keep power. It will fail.