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American Indians March To North Dakota Polling Place On Reservation

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

A group of American Indians marched to a polling place in North Dakota on Tuesday.

About 70 members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa marched to a polling place on a reservation near Belcourt, North Dakota on Tuesday afternoon, ABC News reported.

Many held signs that said “Don’t disenfranchise us,” ABC reported.

The group can be overheard chanting “North Dakota, you can’t do that!” in a video tweeted by ABC News.

The march comes in response to a law requiring voters to produce government IDs with a current residential address in order to be able to vote.

American Indians are opposed to the ruling because many live on reservations or do not have ordinary street addresses.

Tribe leaders printed at least 3,500 tribal IDs for American Indians on reservations as a result of the ruling. There are more than 9,000 Turtle Mountain members of voting age, ABC News reported.

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer unseated Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp Tuesday night. (RELATED: Here’s Everything We Know About The Midterms So Far)

Heitkamp won the 2012 Senate election by 2,936 votes and won in counties with high American Indian populations, according to ABC. She won with 50.5 percentage of the vote while her Republican opponent Rick Berg won with 49.5 percentage of the vote in 2012, The New York Times reported.

North Dakota polls were closed at 8 p.m. EST.

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