Judges move to block recent voter-ID laws in three Midwest states

Recent court rulings have put the future of three Midwestern states’ laws on voter registration and identification in doubt.

In North Dakota, a U.S. district judge blocked the state from enforcing a 2013 law that eliminated options for people to vote if they did not have proper identification. According to The Bismarck Tribune, North Dakota has required voters to provide identification (a driver’s license, a tribal ID or long-term-care certificate, for example) for the past 12 years. However, voters who lacked the proper ID could still cast ballots by signing a sworn affidavit ­— until the 2013 law took effect. The lawsuit against North Dakota was filed by seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
In Wisconsin, two rulings made it unclear (as of August) how the state’s voter-ID law would be enforced in this fall’s general election. If one decision remains in place through November, for example, people without a valid ID could still vote if they sign statements at the polls saying they could not easily get one, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 
Lastly, state court rulings have at least temporarily negated a 2013 law in Kansas requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
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