ND asks judge to dismiss tribe's voter ID lawsuit

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The state of North Dakota is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe over the state's voter identification requirements.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in October allowed the state to continue requiring street addresses on voter IDs, as opposed to addresses such as post office boxes that many Native Americans rely on.

The lawsuit filed by the Spirit Lake Sioux on behalf of itself and six tribal members seeks to have the residential address requirement ruled unconstitutional as it applies to tribal voters.

The attorney general's office wants the lawsuit dismissed on several grounds, including that tribal members named in the complaint weren't impeded from voting on Election Day. They and the state reached a deal days before the election enabling them to vote.


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