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New tribal ID law an issue in Minnesota race


Democrats say Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, has failed to publicize a new law that makes it easier for tribal members to vote.

The law allows tribal members to use their tribal ID card to vote as long they as present a current utility bill. It was passed after the National Congress of American Indians and three tribal members won a lawsuit against a photo ID law.

Democrats say Kiffmeyer hasn't done her job to promote the law in advance of next Tuesday's primary. Her opponent in the race is Mark Ritchie, a Democrat.

Minnesota has 33,000 eligible Indian voters, according to statistics.

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