N.D. House gives final approval to new voter ID law
If you don't show up with an ID on election day, you may soon have to stop at the polls twice.
The House gave final approval to a bill doing away with affidavits as a fail safe for voters who don't have their identification with them when they go to vote.
Instead, they would vote with a set-aside ballot which would only be counted after the voter returned to show an election official a valid ID.
North Dakota was forced to provide affidavits after a federal judge said the state's original voter ID law disenfranchised some Native American voters.
"I would be remiss to substitute Judge Hovland's opinion for mine, but I don't believe this will pass constitutional muster again," said Rep. Mary Johnson, R-Fargo.
"We're very confident that going into a potential challenge of this bill that we might sustain the bill," said Rep. Jim Casper, R-Fargo.
The Senate had originally changed the bill to allow voters to email or text a copy of their ID as proof. The House version still needs final approval from the Senate before going to Gov. Doug Burgum.