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The U.S. Supreme Court will allow a North Dakota law requiring voters to produce government ID with a current residential street address when casting ballots to take effect.

The decision, which came Tuesday and drew a brief dissent, will effect one November’s most critical Senate races.

A group of American Indians challenged the residential street address requirement, arguing that it imposes “impossible and severe burdens on the franchise for Native American voters,” as many live on reservations or otherwise lack ordinary street addresses. A federal judge agreed and prohibited the law.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted that order, so the plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to restore the injunction.

North Dakota argues that the law protects the integrity of the ballot box and improves the administration of elections — the state’s filing at the high court notes there were over 800 different ballots used in the state during the 2016 election cycle, which are assigned on the basis of address.

The Supreme Court’s Tuesday order allowed the law to take effect for the general election. As is typical of orders of this nature, neither the vote count nor the reasoning was disclosed. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a short dissent, which Justice Elena Kagan joined.

Ginsburg warned that the Court’s decision would create confusion in North Dakota, since the original order restraining the residential street address requirement was in effect for the primary elections in June.

“The risk of voter confusion appears severe here because the injunction against requiring residential-address identification was in force during the primary election and because the secretary of state’s website announced for months the ID requirements as they existed under that injunction,” Ginsburg wrote.

“Reasonable voters may well assume that the IDs allowing them to vote in the primary election would remain valid in the general election.”

“If the 8th Circuit’s stay is not vacated, the risk of disfranchisement is large,” Ginsburg added.

North Dakota features a competitive Senate race in November. The incumbent, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, faces increasingly long odds for reelection against her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.

Heitkamp, who has trailed in the polls for some time, voted against Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday. Surveys showed North Dakotans favored Kavanaugh’s elevation by a large margin.

Kavanaugh did not participate in Tuesday’s decision, though he heard oral arguments for the first time as a justice earlier in the day.



  1. Glenn

    October 11, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Take away their ability to cheat, it will bring them to their knees!

    • eric

      October 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Well Said!

    • william faulk

      October 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Heitkamp can kiss that seat away. She knew she represented a red state and voted contrary to her constituents wishes. she is toast. This should be a warning to all who represent the people. You represent the citizens of your state, failure to do so will in the future hold grave consequences for those who vote a party line and not the will of the people.

  2. James Higginbotham

    October 11, 2018 at 6:44 am

    we live in ND, and this is a GREAT RULING. and other states need to follow.

  3. Frank

    October 11, 2018 at 6:54 am

    sweet justice

  4. Jerusha

    October 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    all they need to do in this case, is to provide a special ID for the Native Americans listing the reservation as a legitimate address since it sounds like they all list the same address as 1 address

    • william

      October 11, 2018 at 7:03 am

      That’s to simple..dumbocrats can’t HABLA!!!

    • Idawg67

      October 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Wait, arent Natives their OWN nation???

    • Ed

      October 11, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Jerusha, this is SO true. It’s a simple and logical solution. Unfortunately, it would also mean that THE REST of the voters MUST provide residential information as the law originally intended and the Dems do not WANT THIS. Expect much obfuscation and many lies from them until this is resolved.

  5. Erich

    October 11, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Democrats must use voter fraud, lie to pass their agenda. Following the established laws will severely hamper the democrats from passing their agenda, which will not withstand an up or down vote.

    The ramifications of strict voter laws will severely constrain democrats country wide.

    • KennE

      October 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

      I’m not sure the Dems have an agenda other than bankrupting the country, allowing the illegals to cross the border, and making everything free for them. With the backing of George Soros the idea of socialism will continue thru the young people that know nothing about socialism.

  6. DebraJean

    October 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Simply…”what took so long?” This is a no-brainer. We have to show ID to make a credit card transaction, and we don’t complain because it is a security measure designed to protect us from theft. It seems ludicrous that the voting process is not protected in a similar fashion. What prevents someone from claiming to be me and using my ballot? If I was unable to vote in that particular election, I would NEVER know someone used it. Protect the integrity of the ballot box!

  7. Ltpar

    October 11, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Too bad this ruling couldn’t have been applied country wide. Perhaps by 2020.

  8. Doir

    October 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    How are the Dems going to win if they have to be identified?

  9. VoterID!

    October 11, 2018 at 8:53 am

    When Voter ID becomes the law of the land, the Dems are cooked! I wonder what these people with no address tell 911 when they need an ambulance or fire truck.

  10. neo

    October 11, 2018 at 9:39 am

    It looks to me like if the native Americans live on a reservation their address can in some way reflect that and be accepted by the board of elections, thus taking away the liberals bitch….just beware of them that speak Spanish that’s all.

  11. JR

    October 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Every reservation I’ve been to have physical addresses on each building and most of those I’ve been to are in California, if California can do it I am sure other states can do it as well!

  12. Lynda Denson

    October 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Just have the Native American reservation assign street names and addresses to its reservation property to meet the requirement. If they want to vote, I don’t think that would be such a big deal.

  13. Chaz

    October 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Why the heck would they not use street addresses on the Reservation – this is the USA, not the Gobi Desert or something. How do you get a PO Box without an address? Last time I got PO Box, they required everything but a fingerprint

  14. Jon Wisdom

    October 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Ginsburg is worried that voters will be confused? There was no confusion about the law until democrats sued and an activist judge bought into their nonsense. So Ginsburg’s theory follows a familiar strategy being used lately, throw up confusion that leads to delay and argue we can’t go forward now.

  15. Stephen Russell

    October 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Expand Voter ID X the nation,Vote Absentee at HomePO Mail & save Gas & time

  16. Jeff Jones

    October 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Sounds like fake news. I can’t envision Ginsberg being coherent enough to formulate such an insightful Marxist opinion like that.

  17. DIG BICK

    October 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Well then, maybe the reservations need to realize that there are consequences. They make the claim that the reservation is a foreign and sovereign land. So IF you live in a foreign land, maybe you should not be able to vote. OR, have the “Heap big Indian Chiefs” get off of their butts and assign street addresses. Does NOT have to be your mailing address, but if you want to vote, establish a street address. And perhaps they should have a street address to get their welfare check.

  18. James Kelly

    October 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    If voters are too dumb to understand this they are too dumb to vote.

  19. Pat

    October 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Photo ID should be presented to vote in every state! There is so much fraud in our elections it is shameful!

  20. Gerry

    October 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Every state needs to follow ND’s law. A photo ID, proof of citizenship and proof of residency should be required and ENFORCED at every voting location in EVERY state.

  21. Gerry

    October 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I love the look on worthless schumer’s face in the above picture. I hope this decision not only ruined his day but his week, his month and his year.

    • Annabel

      October 12, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Gerry: Lord isn’t he the pits? He is THE most miserable, sniveling looking person ALL the
      time and considering he has lived off the public trough since leaving college and done
      absolutely nothing to improve this country since, he should be ousted. I pity his poor
      wife waking up to that every morning..his face would stop a clock. TERM LIMITS.

      • MarshallCab

        October 12, 2018 at 1:33 am

        Gary and Annabel Schumer has a face that is so punchable. I would love to knock those stupid glasses of his fucking face! Oblama, Booker, Schiff and Flake all need to be beaten and then thrown in prison!!!

  22. Victoria Jones

    October 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    The DEMONrats are in panic mode, which is exactly what they deserve for pressing violence to Republicans. We are becoming disgusted by this tactic on the left!

    WE THE PEOPLE, chose President Trump to lead the United States. They were blindsided by the results.

    They will be in for a surprise they NEVER EXPECTED when WE TAKE CHARGE OF THE INJUSTICE we now witness in public and law enforcement just stand by and allow it to escalate!

  23. Don

    October 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    It was a very good ruling and it needs to be nationwide to stop the cheating of the commies which we all know is happening. Thing only thing I’m curious about is how the left will spin this to blame Trump. They certainly won’t admit to their cheating.

  24. Carl J Bujan Jr

    October 11, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    This will make voting fair.


    October 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    so now maybe we can win a few more elections and stop the CRIME PARTY FROM BEING BUSINESS

  26. frank

    October 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Now we are getting somewhere. Way to go SCOTUS! No more illegals or dead people voting.

  27. Gizmo

    October 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    We live in Texas, can’t remember when we didn’t have voter I.D. It’s great! Every state should implement it. Cuts down on voter fraud.

  28. Gregory Thomas

    October 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Federal voter ID law, NOW!

  29. Joseph

    October 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    This is the old Democratic response that some people won’t be able to get to the places that do the registering. In todays society there are city , county and state organizations that can be contacted for help and as far as the American Indians they are under Federal jurisdiction so I’m sure a special ID can be made available. Democrats don’t want the ID because they won’t be able to vote illegals and dead people anymore just American Citizens and they know they won’t be able to win.

  30. MAC

    October 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Shine theLight and the Kavanaugh seat becomes obvious.

  31. Mike Steeler

    October 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Well how do they get their bills delivered to them? Oh, I forgot, the US Government pays for all that trivial stuff. We are all missing the BIG point. Dems don’t want this because they will lose all those votes cast by illegal aliens so that they can have their sanctuary cities, medicare, social security, food assistance, housing assistance, heating assistance etc etc. without having to work or become legal. LMAO. Welcome to the real America. Become a citizen, get a job and pay taxes like real Americans do.

  32. Brian

    October 12, 2018 at 1:46 am

    who writes Ginsberg’s stuff – she is incapable of that kind of thought.

    so sad, the Donkeys lose another battle. make November 6 a donkey slaughter!!!

  33. Wilson

    October 12, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I think they finally held her down and shoved a red bull down her throat.

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