Another Grand Forks legislator has introduced a bill to tweak North Dakota’s voter identification law.
State Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, introduced a bill Thursday that would require student photo identification cards provided by North Dakota universities to include the student’s date of birth and residential address. It would also require the university to provide each student with information on voter eligibility requirements.
Holmberg said the bill was in response to trouble some students had voting during the November election. Some students were able to change their paper student identification certificates, which are different than ID cards, to reflect their current address on the day of the election even though addresses were to be updated 30 days prior to the election, according to lawmakers and election officials.
“I think we need to do whatever we can to assure easy access to everyone who is eligible to vote,” Holmberg said. Rep. Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, is also a co-sponsor of Holmberg’s bill.
A fiscal note estimating the financial impact of Holmberg’s bill, Senate Bill 2330, had not yet been posted on the Legislature’s website today.
Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, introduced a bill that would eliminate the voter identification certificate as an acceptable voter ID. It would also allow people to bring a bank statement, change of address form or bill to verify they’ve lived in a particular precinct for 30 days.
Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, introduced a bill that would bring the state back to a system of using voter affidavits, an option that was eliminated during the last legislative session. Voter affidavits allowed voters to cast a ballot without proper ID, but verification would take place after the ballot was cast.
Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday there have been at least 25 bills introduced so far this session that have to do with some part of the election process.