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Published February 23, 2011, 02:51 PM

ND House Approves Toughened Voter Checks

Some North Dakota voters might be required to prove whether they're eligible to vote before their ballots are counted.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, ND (AP) — Some North Dakota voters might be required to prove whether they're eligible to vote before their ballots are counted.

The North Dakota House voted 69-22 on Wednesday to approve the legislation.

The bill would require election officials to set aside any challenged ballots.

For the ballot to be counted, the voter would have to provide the county auditor proof that he or she was eligible to vote. The voter would have to show proof within a few days.

North Dakota law now says a vote is counted if a challenged voter signs a sworn statement saying he or she is eligible.

Grand Forks Rep. Corey Mock says the requirement will hurt college students and older North Dakotans. West Fargo Rep. Kim Koppelman says it would add credibility to election results.

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