8th Circuit Court upholds North Dakota voter ID laws

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal appeals court says North Dakota's voter ID laws will stand after a lower court tried to stop a law passed in 2017, saying voters must have an ID that provided their name, current street address and date of birth.

The address provision drove backlash from some North Dakota tribes, saying the law would lead to voter suppression on the reservations. The district court ruled that the secretary of state had to accept PO boxes as a valid street address.

In a 2-1 vote, the 8th Circuit Court disagreed with the lower court's injunction, saying the law doesn't substantially burden most North Dakota voters.

“They've made a decision that continues or removes the stay that makes it official that North Dakota can continue to use the voter ID laws that were passed by the legislature,” said Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

Indian Affairs commissioner Scott Davis says there's work to be done and he looks forward to working with the tribes, counties and any other agency to ensure another record turnout in 2020. Sioux County cast 1,464 ballots in the 2018 midterm election, more than in the 2016 presidential year.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Mike Faith issued a statement saying:

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is disappointed with the 8th circuit's decision to vacate the injunction. The Tribe will consider its options and continue to fight to protect the voting rights of our members. We are Standing Rock Strong.”

Attached to this article is the 8th Circuit Decision: https://ecf.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/19/07/181725P.pdf