Lawsuit against North Dakota’s voter ID wasn’t about winning legal fees


MINOT, N.D. — It’s ironic that the greatest victory that can be claimed by the lawyers who filed suit against North Dakota’s voter ID laws is that the state has to pay for their legal fees.

Allow me to give you the backstory.

In 2018 North Dakota was home to one of the highest-profile U.S. Senate races in the country, featuring incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp squaring off against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer.

That election cycle also featured a lawsuit, filed on behalf of members of several Native American tribes, challenging North Dakota’s voter ID laws.

Call me cynical, but the suit seemed motivated by a need to get Heitkamp a hook she could use for her campaign.

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