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Fairfield Hopes to Bring Back Voting Affidavits

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The Democratic candidate for secretary of state says more needs to be done to ensure all eligible North Dakota citizens can vote in elections.

April Fairfield says the law passed in the last session makes it harder for certain groups of people to vote, by narrowing the types of acceptable ID's allowed at the polls and no longer accepting affidavits when a voter didn't have an acceptable form of ID.

She says she believes the law was passed by Republicans in response to Rick Berg losing the U.S. Senate race to Heidi Heitkamp in 2012.

"There were over 10,500 affidavit's signed during the last general election. Rick Berg lost by 3,000 votes. It's easy to do the math. Many of Senator Heitkamp's supporters were students and native american voters who were likely to use the affidavit's," says Secretary of State Candidate April Fairfield. 

She says the secretary of state should broaden the types of ID's allowed during elections, to ensure that no one is denied their right to vote.

Al Jaeger did not want to comment at this time. He plans to speak to the media later this week.

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