State Republicans banned voting by affidavit in 2013 and enacted ID requirements at the polls.
Following a lawsuit, a federal judge reinstated the affidavit for this year’s election — and more than 16,000 North Dakotans used the option (which doesn’t require ID) as a result. That’s a lot of people, representing about 5 percent of the total vote.
The Secretary of State is working on verifying the affidavits now. We’re sure the Republicans are holding their breath. They can’t wait until the results show how much fraud there was.
Surely these 16,395 people who voted without ID must have been some out of state pranksters who wanted to get a kick out of gaming the system. Or, you know, something like that.
Meanwhile, Affidavit-Banner-in-Chief Rep. Randy Boehning (R-Fargo) says that the affidavit ban was really about making the voting process faster.
“It slows up the process by filling out affidavits,” he told Forum News Service’s John Hageman.
If the voting process is too slow, the democratic solution is more polls and more staff — not fewer voting options.