Supreme Court upholds North Dakota voter ID law challenged by Native Americans

Supreme Court allows North Dakota to enforce voter ID laws

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that North Dakota could enforce a controversial voter ID law in the 2018 elections.

A group of Native American residents challenged a new state law requiring voters to present identification with a current residential street address, arguing it would disenfranchise Native Americans, a key Democratic constituency, disproportionately because many Native American voters live on reservations without standard addresses.

The Supreme Court denied an urgent request submitted to Justice Neil Gorsuch to keep the law from being implemented in November. The court denied the request without explanation.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, citing the risk of “voter confusion.”

The decision was seen as a setback for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-N.D.) already uphill re-election bid.

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