Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Want to vote? Ya gotta tell us where you live!

The Supreme Court made headlines again this morning. Strieff reported last night at Red State,
From my point of view, ballot integrity, that is, ensuring that only eligible voters are allowed to vote in federal elections, is one of the major civil rights issues of our time. For reasons of political expediency, the Democrats have fought ballot integrity laws wherever they appear. Tonight they just lost one of those battles.

Back on August 1, 2016, a federal court issued an injunction forbidding North Dakota officials from enforcing that state’s voter ID law. Undeterred, the state legislature passed, and Governor Doug Burgum signed into law, HB 1369, which reestablished the state’s voter ID requirement. This replacement law allowed for the use of alternative means of identification, such as utility bills. The sticking point in the law is that the ID must show a street address. This is critical in ensuring that voters only vote in the district where they are eligible. A claim was made that this disenfranchised American Indian voters who used post office boxes or rural route addresses.

...The positive turn of events here is that the voter ID issue is becoming settled, at least at the circuit court and Supreme Court level. Rogue district court judges still rule in lockstep with the Democrats but those decisions are being routinely overturned on appeal. The fact that this case couldn’t get the votes for a hearing is significant.
Read more here.

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