Just last week the Supreme Court delivered a major defeat for Native voting rights in North Dakota which allows the state to implement a voter ID law.
The law requires documentation of a residential address. Native Americans living on reservations, particularly in North Dakota, often don’t have residential addresses because the postal service doesn’t deliver mail to them. Instead, they use P.O. boxes. But now, IDs with a P.O. box aren’t valid for voting.
Tribal IDs are acceptable as long as they include addresses, or tribal voters can provide address documentation. North Dakota Native Vote is working hard with Tribes to update these documents–but effort requires money to be successful. The goal was to raise $100,000. So far, in just a short time, North Dakota Native Vote has raised $450,000!
Eligible North Dakota Native voters make up about 5.3% of the population. In 2012, Hedi Heitkamp (D) was narrowly elected with a margin of fewer than 3,000 votes. It might be easy to draw a straight line connecting the North Dakota Republican voter ID law and the margin of Heitkamp’s 2012 victory, which in part was due in no small way to Native American support. Any measure that might lead to Native voter suppression will surely help her Republican challenger, Kevin Cramer. The latest polls indeed give Cramer a lead–a lead that may be protected if Native Americans face barriers on election day.
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