Voter Suppression

North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Has Been Blocked

It's not clear to me what exactly is happening here, but a voter ID law has been struck down for the 5th time in recent days

Federal Judge Daniel L. Hovland issued an injunction against the law because it discriminates against Native Americans.

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that many Native Americans did not have addresses and that many tribal ID cards did not require them. The barriers to obtaining a required ID, they said, were high: There are no motor-vehicle license offices on reservations, and a significant share of Native Americans lack either the money to obtain an ID or the proofs of identity, such as a birth certificate or Social Security card, that are necessary to get one.

“The record is replete with concrete evidence of significant burdens imposed on Native American voters attempting to exercise their right to vote,” Judge Hovland wrote.

North Dakota joins other states including Wisconsin, Texas, and North Carolina that saw their voter ID laws blocked or struck down over the past two weeks.

The common thread among each of these cases is that federal courts are ruling that voter ID is discriminatory. We already knew that, but this many court rulings against voter ID in such a short period of time is remarkable.

This is purely speculation, but courts may be erring on the side of caution as the election draws near to ensure the integrity of the election. To allow voter ID laws to remain in place while still under contention could jeopardize the results.

  • Zen Diesel

    It’s amazing how the states voter id laws only impact non-whites. /snark

  • Draxiar

    North Dakota Voter ID- Because genocide isn’t legally allowed in the USA anymore.

  • Badgerite

    I actually think that donald trump’s very bad, awful, completely horrible candidacy has had a positive effect on the courts these days. If appears they have decided that it might not be a good idea for the country to make democracy in general and the 14th Amendment in particular, fictional.

  • Aynwrong

    Again and again and again and again….

    This is why it’s so important that we keep a Democrat in the White House!

  • muselet

    This morning, Tierney Sneed at TPM did a “Five Points” piece explaining the courts’ sudden skepticism toward voter-restriction laws.

    To my mind, the most important points she made were (1) that an eight-justice Supreme Court “has made it tougher for states to defend their voting restrictions”; and (2) “Voting rights advocates have changed their legal strategy since the last time SCOTUS looked at voter ID” (by concentrating on individuals who have been unable to vote rather than arguing in the abstract).

    Whatever the reason(s), this is good news indeed.


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Do Native Americans vote disproportionately for Blue Team?

    • muselet

      Perhaps. I’m guessing the Rs think so.


      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        I bet Native Americans with they had the idea of building a Wall™ a few hundred years ago.

    • Aynwrong

      It wouldn’t surprise me? Which party would you trust to protect your civil liberties?

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Neither. But since I have to pick one, I’ll go with Blue Team any day of the week.

    • Yes, they are more likely to vote D but not all of them. Those that I personally know are horrified by the thought of Trump.