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Spirit Lake Tribe v. Jaeger: Amended Complaint Filed

Despite a nationwide outcry during the 2018 election cycle, North Dakota’s discriminatory voter ID law remains on the books. While the cameras have turned their attention elsewhere, the fight to stop this flagrant voter suppression continues in the courts. North Dakota has a long history of discriminating against Native Americans generally and denying Native Americans the right to vote in particular. Leading up to and during the 2018 elections, North Dakota Native voters saw an outpouring of support as they fought to be able to vote under the state’s recently enacted voter ID law. The law, which went into effect…
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Spirit Lake Tribe v. Jaeger: Case filed to protect North Dakota voters

On October 30, 2018, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Robins Kaplan LLP, and Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Spirit Lake Tribe and six individual plaintiffs (see the complaint and the plaintiff’s memo in support of a temporary restraining order) to ensure that eligible Native American voters residing on reservations in North Dakota will be able to cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm elections and in all future elections. Under current law, North Dakotans can’t vote unless they have identification that shows their name, birth date, and residential address. Recent…
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Brakebill v. Jaeger: Case filed to contest ND voter ID law

On April 24, 2017, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1369.  This restrictive voter ID law put North Dakota beyond the norms of voter ID laws and violates the constitutional rights of the state’s citizens. Just like North Dakota’s previous law, which was found unconstitutional by a federal court, this law makes it harder for some citizens—specifically Native American citizens—to exercise their right to vote. On December 13, 2017, the Native American Rights Fund again brought action against the state of North Dakota seeking to overturn North Dakota’s newest discriminatory voter ID law. The case made its way through…
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