North Dakota on Monday was prevented from enforcing a voter identification law passed in 2013, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on the measure. Judge Daniel L. Hovland issued the injunction. He claimed the law made it harder or outright impossible to vote in certain cases—specifically for Native Americans on rural reservations. Hovland did not strike down the law altogether, unlike recent rulings on other state voter identification laws. North Dakota officials said they would not be appealing Hovland's decision, and rules will be centered around those that were enforced before the 2013 measure was passed. The issue will be formally addressed during the next legislative session.
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