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ND Secretary of State Candidate Proposes Expanding Acceptable Forms of Voter ID at the Polls

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A candidate running for state office says there should be an easier way to vote in North Dakota.

Democratic Secretary of State candidate April Fairfield proposes to expand acceptable forms of voter ID at the polls.

She says the current voter ID law is "restrictive," especially for the elderly, students and tribal members.

Fairfield says she would allow a limited number of additional ID's-- including Military and Veteran's ID's, conceal and carry permits and game and fish licenses.

Currently, those are not accepted.

Fairfield says she would also allow poll workers to vouch for voters.

"I think that there are multiple options that the Secretary of State has within their authority to put in place now that would open the system for people who are eligible voters and who would be turned away under this current law," says Democratic North Dakota Secretary of State candidate April Fairfield.

But, the North Dakota GOP's Executive Director Jason Flohrs says Fairfield's proposal would add confusion to the voting process.

In a statement to KX News he says, "North Dakota has some of the simplest, easiest and most transparent voting procedures in the nation."

Incumbent Al Jaeger says he would rather not comment today, but plans to address the issue later this week.

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