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New Voter Id Law for North Dakotans

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A recent change to North Dakota law had some voters turn away on March 11, 2014 during the Fargo Public School District's Special Election. About 25 voters did not have valid North Dakota id. This recent law comes years after allowing voters to use an affidavit or other forms of identification.

North Dakota's voter id law changed August of 2013 and now require a valid North Dakota id when voting at the polls.

"I think the new voting law has caught many of us off guard including the voter, " said Fargo school board member Robin Nelson.

The new law requires voters to show id that states their name, address and date of birth. The most common form is a drivers license, other types can be a non-drivers state id, tribal id, student id certificate or a long term care certificate.

In the past voters did not need a valid North Dakota id.

"we used to allow people to come in with a utility bill date 30 days before the election or an affidavit," said Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir.

The North Dakota Secretary of State told me today that voter id has been required since 2004 but certain things like a passport or utility bill will not longer be accepted when you go to the polling place.

Despite this change in the law Montplaisir expects business as usual at the polls in the June Primary.

"Elections they are difficult but you do them from year to year and they become a normal job," said Montplaisir.

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