Backlash over North Dakota voter ID law could rally Native Americans

Backlash over North Dakota voter ID law could rally Native Americans

Carrie Levine |
October 30, 2018

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Terry Yellow Fat shares his home on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota with his wife, his son and his nephew.

All four of them, he says, have different street addresses on their North Dakota driver’s licenses, even though they live in the same house — a sign of how complicated a new state voter identification requirement for a residential address could be for residents of the state’s reservations.

Yellow Fat says he went and got an official residential street address assigned a year or so ago through the county’s 911 coordinator, but when he tried to use it to receive a package, the deliveryman couldn’t find his house. Instead, he told Yellow Fat the address had sent him to a local bar a few blocks away.

Now, Yellow Fat, 69, a retired teacher and school superintendent, is not sure what to do about voting in next month’s general election, which features a hotly contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer. Yellow Fat’s license has a residential street address, as required to vote, but he knows it isn’t the one he was assigned by the 911 coordinator — and he’s worried about using it.

Credit by - the Center for Public Integrity

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