Supreme Court Keeps N. Dakota Voter-ID Law in Force | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Supreme Court Keeps N. Dakota Voter-ID Law in Force

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned of a serious risk of disenfranchisement late Tuesday as the Supreme Court refused to disturb new voter ID requirements in North Dakota.

Joined in the dissent by Justice Elena Kagan, Ginsburg complained that the Eighth Circuit omitted critical details in finding that one month is enough for to “adapt” to the new regime.

“That observation overlooks specific factfindings by the District Court: (1) 70,000 North Dakota residents — almost 20% of the turnout in a regular quadrennial election — lack a qualifying ID; and (2) approximately 18,000 North Dakota residents also lack supplemental documentation sufficient to permit them to vote without a qualifying ID,” Ginsburg wrote.

North Dakota has not protested a requirement from the District Court that it allow more informal supplemental documents, but Ginsburg said such relief alone “scarcely cures the problem given the all too real risk of grand-scale voter confusion.”

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