Dozens of people voted with false addresses committing voter fraud

By  | 

BISMARCK, N.D. - Voting in North Dakota is as easy for many as showing a drivers license and filling out a ballot.

However, many in North Dakota don't have correct addresses on their IDs, causing major issues.

Your polling place is entirely dependent on your address.

If you misrepresent your address on your ID in North Dakota and vote, you're committing voter fraud.

Dozens of people committed voter fraud in this state in the 2016 general election.

To get a North Dakota license, all a person needs to do is show one document from list A and one document from list B or two documents from list B to the Department of Transportation. That license then gives a person the ability to cast a ballot.

"It relies on data that you give to the DOT, so that's the central voter file," said Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks.

In 2016, at least a dozen people voted using 547 S. 7th Street, Bismarck, as their home address. That's a UPS store.

In Fargo, more than a dozen people used addresses of a UPS stores and post offices to vote.

In Minot, 109 people claimed the UPS store on South Broadway as their address. Ward County caught the error and turned many away, but at least one got through.

This pattern continues throughout the state.

To close this loophole, in voter ID reforms, lawmakers empowered the DOT to comply with the federal Real ID Act. The law requires more complete documentation of a person's address to receive a license.

"My understanding is that this bill, this new law does have that in place because it does require the DMV to have a different threshold by which they can consider someone's address verifiable and accurate," said Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck.

The bill also does away with affidavits. It provides set aside ballots-- if voters don't have valid ID on them, they'll have to return within six days with valid ID to have their vote counted.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum says of the more than 16,000 affidavits used to vote in November, 4,620 people provided out-of-state identification.

Silrum says his office is in the process of checking to see if any of them voted two states. Silrum says he already knows of at least one that did.