UPDATE: House Bill 1289 has been withdrawn.
House Bill 1289 would significantly extend the amount of time a person must reside in the state and their precinct before becoming eligible to vote. Doing so would disenfranchise many North Dakotans, including new residents, new military base employees, college students, Native Americans, and low-income people.
North Dakota has long prided itself on its lack of voter registration – a fact that makes the state unique and eliminates unnecessary barriers to voting. But House Bill 1289 undermines the state’s low-regulation approach to voting without reason or need.