Judge Allowing 6 Native Americans Who Joined Lawsuit to Vote

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge says six Native Americans who challenged North Dakota's voter identification law will be allowed to cast their ballots.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order Friday adopting the agreement, one day after he denied an emergency motion by the Spirit Lake tribe asking to block the state's voter ID law.

The law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address, a provision American Indians say is not always evident on reservations.

Tim Purdon, former U.S. attorney for North Dakota and part of the legal team, says that although the ruling applies to "only six people," they should be rewarded for having the courage to join the suit.

Hovland said approving the motion would add chaos so close to the election.