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Federal appeals court denies state's request in ND voter ID case

BISMARCK — A federal appeals court has denied the state of North Dakota's request to suspend a judge's order that loosened its voter identification law.

The Friday, June 8, order from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals was "based primarily on the imminent primary election," which will be held Tuesday. The denial was without prejudice, which means the state could file another motion requesting a stay later.

The lawsuit was first filed more than two years ago by several members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who argued voter ID laws passed by the Republican-led Legislature disenfranchised Native Americans. In early April, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland imposed several restrictions on the new law that state lawmakers passed in 2017, prompting the state's appeal.

State election officials were not expecting many hiccups during Tuesday's election despite the swirl of changes on voter ID requirements in recent years.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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