Appeals court sides with North Dakota in voter ID lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that North Dakota’s voter identification law is constitutional despite an argument by a group of American Indians who said it unfairly burdens them.

A three-judge panel of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling.

North Dakota’s law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address, which American Indians have argued is not always evident on reservations.

Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued the state in 2016, alleging that the ID requirements discriminated against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland agreed and issued a temporary restraining order.

An attorney for the band didn’t immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.

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