North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party

02/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 15:57

Settlement Shows Progress, But North Dakota Must Keep Working For Equal Voting Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 13, 2020

BISMARCK, ND- The settlement for a long-fought Voter ID lawsuit was announced on Thursday, just days after a federal judge denied Secretary of State Al Jaeger's request to dismiss it. The lawsuit by the Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and individual plaintiffs challenged a law passed by the Republican majority and enacted by Jaeger without any evidence of the voter fraud they claimed it would prevent.

Rep. Ruth Buffalo, an enrolled member of the M.H.A. Nation who is originally from Mandaree, said:

'It's 2020, and we have to do better to make sure everyone has equal access to the ballot box. Perhaps North Dakota needs a statewide voting task force to ensure all levels of government are communicating and all unjust barriers are removed.'

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee said:

'It's great to see progress continue toward addressing the negative impact the voter ID law has had on Tribal communities. The Republican majority passed this law, and Secretary Jaeger implemented it, even though it was apparent the law would keep citizens from voting. It's a shame it took North Dakota years of taxpayer-funded lawsuits to get to this point.'

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