A group of about 20 law students and Boulder area residents are being led to North Dakota over the next several days by the University of Colorado American Indian Law Clinic to ensure the votes of tribal reservation members are counted in Tuesday’s election.
The university organization is joining students and leaders from law schools across the nation at polling centers throughout North Dakota in response to a federal judge Thursday denying a motion to block a state law that Native Americans claim disenfranchises tribal reservation residents from voting.
That law involves a strict requirement for voters to show government or tribe-issued identifications with residential addresses in order to cast a ballot.
But the state’s tribal members claim the address rule disproportionately affects Native Americans in rural communities on reservations because they often don’t use addresses, relying instead on post office boxes to receive mail.
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