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Martin Luther King III: Trump agrees the voting system is broken. Here’s how he can fix it.
01/14/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

[W]e can agree that every citizen should have the unfettered opportunity to vote. Indeed, my concern is not how people vote, but simply that they vote. ...

Fortunately, President-elect Trump agrees. Throughout the campaign, he consistently reminded the electorate that the system is broken.

Even more fortunately, it is indisputable that nonpartisan, common-sense solutions are available. In 2014, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton endorsed my friend Andrew Young’s proposal that all citizens be able to obtain a photo ID card that would meet the voting requirements in every state. Following the event, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly voiced his support for the plan, saying they were “doing the country a service” and declaring, “Let’s get the pictures on the Social Security card, stop the nonsense and be a responsible country.” As Young has said, “The challenge with voter ID laws isn’t the requirement to show ID, it’s that so many people lack ID. That is the problem that needs to be fixed — and not just for voting. In today’s world, you can’t open a bank account without a photo ID — and the only people happy about that are check cashers.” ...

[A]t the end of the day, the right to vote is not a Republican right or a Democratic right — it is an American right. If Trump enables more Americans to exercise that right in future elections, he will be able to say that in no small measure he really did make America great again.
 

Resolution on voter ID could change Nebraska's constitution
01/13/17 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:30
Excerpt: 

Because the voter ID law would require a constitutional amendment, the people would need to vote to decide whether it would happen. ...

A News21, a national investigative reporting project, analysis “of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on election day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.”

If the resolution passes, it will, by law, be placed on the ballot for the general election in 2018. Even if LR 1CA is adopted by the people, the legislature will decide its final form and language, and how the amendment would be implemented.

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North Dakota Election Info

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2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline:  North Dakota does not require eligible voters to register to vote.

For more information, visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website

Election Day:

Polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the exception of precincts in which fewer than 75 votes were cast in the last general election, which must open no later than noon.  A voter in line by 7:00 p.m. has the right to vote.  Polling places may open before 9:00 a.m., but not earlier than 7:00 a.m., and may close after 7:00 p.m., but not later than 9:00 p.m.

Early voting is available in some counties.  Contact your county auditor for information about early voting (contact numbers listed at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx).

How to Find Your Polling Place:  Visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

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North Dakota does not require eligible voters to register to vote. 

In order to vote in North Dakota, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in North Dakota;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have resided in the precinct at least 30 days prior to the election.*            

*If you recently moved to the state and have been a resident of North Dakota for less than 30 days, you may vote for president but for no other offices in the election.

If You Want to Vote Early

In counties that allow early voting, you can vote during the fifteen days prior to Election Day. The county auditor establishes the days and times during which early voting is available. This information will be published in the official county newspaper once each week for three weeks before Election Day.  Contact your county auditor for more information (https://vip.sos.nd.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx). 

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A voter may vote absentee for any reason. A voter may submit an application for an absentee ballot any time before Election Day. Returned absentee ballots, whether returned by mail, fax, or email, must be post-marked or date-stamped by Monday, November 7, 2016.

For more information on early voting and absentee voting, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Identification is required to vote.  Valid forms of identification are:

  • North Dakota driver’s license;
  • North Dakota non-driver’s identification card;
  • Long term care identification certificate; or
  • Tribal identification card.

VoteRiders has created North Dakota voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

If you have stayed in same precinct:  If you have moved, but stayed within the same precinct, continue to vote at the same location.  Poll clerks will obtain your new address to be updated in the poll book.

If you have moved to another precinct:  You must vote at the prior precinct if you moved less than 30 days prior to Election Day.

Moving Between Counties

You must vote at the prior precinct if you moved less than 30 days prior to Election Day.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting absentee, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

North Dakota does not require registration.  Absentee ballots may be requested by visiting the Absentee Wizard.  Additional resources are available at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s North Dakota specific page.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive and return an absentee ballot by mail, in person, by fax, or in a scanned attachment to an email.  Ballots must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed by the day before Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. If you do not receive your regular absentee ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Ballots must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed by the day before Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s North Dakota specific page.

North Dakota permits convicted felons to vote so long as they are not currently serving a felony sentence of incarceration.  Convicted felons who are allowed to vote include those on probation, on parole, or who have completed a felony sentence of incarceration in the past.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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