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Republicans complicated voting in North Dakota

The outrage expressed over a 98-year-old World War II veteran being turned away at the polls for not having a valid ID is understandable and justified. However, don’t misplace the blame on the election workers who had to follow the law; rather the fault lies with the Republican lawmakers who complicated the North Dakota elections under the pretense of preventing fraud (despite the fact that fraud had never been a problem here).

Our Republican legislators followed the national Republican playbook. The rationale nationwide was to make voting difficult for the elderly and the poor who might not have cars and thus no driver’s licenses as well as for students and young families who frequently change addresses.

The reason? Statistically, these would-be voters are more likely to vote Democratic.