Settlement reached in Tribal concerns over voter ID laws

The North Dakota Secretary of State's office has agreed in principle to settle two federal cases involving voter ID laws.

Both lawsuits were brought forward after the state required voters to have identification with a residential address that could be proven.

The Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa all argued that residential addresses were sometimes hard to come by on the reservation.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the settlement will ensure all Native Americans who are qualified electors can vote, it will also relieve certain burdens on the Tribes related to determining residential street addresses for their tribal members and issuing tribal IDs.

While formal approval of the final agreement by the Spirit Lake Nation's Council and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Council will be necessary, the agreement in principle has been signed by legal counsel for the Plaintiffs and for the Secretary of State.

The agreement should allow qualified voters to in 2020.