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Voter ID bill will make it harder for people to vote
February 13, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Voter ID laws are a really bad idea that will deny the most poor and vulnerable among us the right to vote.
House Bill 1332, introduced by Rep. Randy Bohening in the North Dakota State Legislature, would require that voters have photo ID issued by the state Department of Transportation or a tribal ID.
Currently, state law allows people to show alternate forms of ID, such as a utility bill with their name and address on it, or to sign an affidavit asserting that they are residents of the district and have a right to vote. Once they have signed the affidavit, they must be allowed to vote.
As I noted last year, this sort of legislation is both unnecessary, since the state does not have a problem with voter fraud, and likely to make life difficult for people on the margins of society to vote. It is not always easy for someone who is homeless, or without transportation, or who has an inflexible work schedule to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles during business hours simply to obtain an ID.
This legislation, as in other states, seems squarely aimed at that population and at making it harder for them to vote.
House Bill 1332 deserves to be defeated.
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