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VOA Wednesday August 3, 2016
North Dakota Judge Rules in Favor of Native Americans on Voter ID Lawsuit
North Dakota has became the latest state to have its voter identification law blocked by a federal court, adding to a string of recent rulings across the United States that such measures disenfranchise minority and lower-income voters. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued a preliminary injunction against the law on Monday, writing in his ruling that the voter I.D. law adds "substantial and disproportionate burdens" for Native American voters compared to other voters in the state. "No eligible voter, regardless of their station in life, should be denied the opportunity to vote," Hovland wrote. The injunction, however, does not permanently strike down North Dakota's strict laws, which were passed by a Republican-led legislature to curb voter fraud. Critics say such laws drive down minority or low income voters who are more likely to not own a state-issued photo I.D...Read More
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