Many Native IDs Won’t Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places

By: Camila Domonoske

Image: This June, instructions wre posted at an early voting precinct in Bismarck, N.D. In that primary election, tribal IDs that did not show residential addresses were accepted as voter ID. But those same IDs will not be accepted in the general election.
James MacPherson/AP.

Native American groups in North Dakota are scrambling to help members acquire new addresses, and new IDs, in the few weeks remaining before Election Day — the only way that some residents will be able to vote.

This week, the Supreme Court declined to overturn North Dakota’s controversial voter ID law, which requires residents to show identification with a current street address. A P.O. box does not qualify.

Many Native American reservations, however, do not use physical street addresses. Native Americans are also overrepresented in the homeless population, according to the Urban Institute. As a result, Native residents often use P.O. boxes for their mailing addresses, and may rely on tribal identification that doesn’t list an address.

Those IDs used to be accepted at polling places — including in this year’s primary election — but will not be valid for the general election. And that decision became final less than a month before Election Day, after years of confusing court battles and alterations to the requirements.

Tens of thousands of North Dakotans, including Native and non-Native residents, do not have residential addresses on their IDs and will now find it harder to vote.

They will have the option of proving their residency with “supplemental documentation,” like utility bills, instead of their IDs, but according to court records, about 18,000 North Dakotans don’t have those documents, either.

And in North Dakota, unlike other states, every resident is eligible to vote without advance voter registration — so people might not discover the problem until they show up to cast their ballot.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, is trailing her Republican opponent in her race for re-election. Native Americans tend to vote for Democrats.

The Republican-controlled state government says the voter ID requirement is necessary to connect voters with the correct ballot, and to prevent non-North Dakotans from signing up for North Dakota P.O. boxes and traveling to the state to vote fraudulently. In 2016, a judge overturning the law noted that voter fraud in North Dakota is “virtually non-existent.”

The state government says that residents without a street ID should contact their county’s 911 coordinator, to sign up for a free street address and request a letter confirming that address.

A group called Native Vote ND has been sharing those official instructions on Facebook.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is telling members to get in touch if they need help obtaining a residential address and updating their tribal ID. The tribe also says it will be sending drivers to take voters to the polls on Election Day.

“Native Americans can live on the reservations without an address. They’re living in accordance with the law and treaties, but now all of a sudden they can’t vote,” Standing Rock chairman Mike Faith said in a statement. “Our voices should be heard and they should be heard fairly at the polls just like all other Americans.”

Meanwhile, the Bismarck Tribune reports that a Native American organization is working to come up with a last-minute solution for voters who would otherwise be turned away:

“Bret Healy, a consultant for Four Directions, which is led by members of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said the organization believes it has a common-sense solution.

“The group is working with tribal leaders in North Dakota to have a tribal government official available at every polling place on reservations to issue a tribal voting letter that includes the eligible voter’s name, date of birth and residential address.”

A state official told tribal leaders that such letters will be accepted as proof of residency, the Tribune reports.

Heitkamp called the ID law “burdensome” and once again called for a law to protect the voting rights of Native Americans. She and other legislators have introduced such a bill year after year, unsuccessfully.

“Given the number of Native Americans who have served, fought, and died for this country, it is appalling that some people would still try and erect barriers to suppress their ability to vote,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “Native Americans served in the military before they were even allowed to vote, and they continue to serve at the highest rate of any population in this country.”

The ACLU said the Supreme Court’s decision “enables mass disenfranchisement.” “In an election that may wind up being decided by just a few thousand votes, the court’s decision could be deeply consequential for the country, not just those who live in North Dakota,” staff reporter Ashoka Mukpo wrote on Friday.

In 2016, the Harvard Law Review found that Native Americans “routinely face hurdles in exercising the right to vote and securing representation,” and that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was only a partial solution to the problem.

In: npr

Presidente de Servir renunció: Indulto quiebra los principios del Estado

Juan Carlos Cortés presentó su carta de renuncia a la premier Mercedes Aráoz. “Me debo a mi mismo y a mi familia la coherencia y el respeto a mis propios valores morales”, dijo.

Juan Carlos Cortes, ex presidente ejecutivo de Servir. Imagen:×405/larepublica/imagen/2017/12/26/noticia-funcionario-servir.jpg

Juan Carlos Cortés Carcelén, presidente ejecutivo y miembro del Consejo Directivo de la Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil, dio a conocer este martes su renuncia irrevocable al cargo en un oficio dirigido a la presidenta del Consejo de Ministros, Mercedes Aráoz.

Según argumenta el funcionario, su decisión es una respuesta que condice a los principios que defiende y que no convergen con el indulto humanitario que otorgó el presidente Pedro Pablo Kuczynski al exdictador Alberto Fujimori.

“Considero que lo que ha sucedido el día 24 de diciembre (…) quiebran no solo las bases del Estado de Derecho, sino principalmente esos principios que estamos obligados como funcionarios públicos a promover y defender”, expresó.

Como se recuerda, a pocas horas de la Nochebuena, el mandatario otorgó el indulto y derecho de gracia a Fujimori, quien venía cumpliendo una condena de 25 años por los delitos de La Cantuta, Barrios Altos y secuestros al periodista Gustavo Gorriti y el empresario Samuel Dyer.

“En mi vida como servidor del Estado me he regido por principios éticos que hoy se sienten socavados y me obligan a tomar esta decisión. Me debo a mi mismo y a mi familia la coherencia y el respeto a mis propios valores morales”, acotó.

En el transcurso del día han presentado sus renuncias otros funcionarios del Ministerio de Justiciapor estar disconformes con el otorgamiento del beneficio presidencial.

En: larepublica

Ex Socios de Odebrecht son Trasladados a Carceleta del Poder Judicial

Luego que el Primer Juzgado de Investigación Preparatoria dictara 18 meses de prisión preventiva contra cuatro ex representantes de las empresas Graña y Montero, JJ Camet e ICCGSA, socias de la constructora brasileña Odebrecht por presuntamente haber pagado una coima para la ejecución de los tramos II y III de la Carretera Interoceánica. Esta mañana, los empresarios fueron trasladados a la carceleta del Poder Judicial.

Fernando Camet Piccone, José Castillo Dibós, José Graña Miró Quesada y Hernando Graña Acuña fueron trasladados a la carceleta del INPE luego de haber sido denunciados por la Fiscalía por los delitos de colusión y lavado de activos tras ser investigados por el presunto pago de sobornos al expresidente Alejandro Toledo.

Y es que los implicados presuntamente habrían transferido 15 millones de dólares de las utilidades que obtuvieron sus firmas. Cabe resaltar, que el juez Richard Concepción Carhuancho, dictó arresto domiciliario para Gonzalo Ferraro ya que se encuentra internado en la Clínica Angloamericana por encontrarse mal de salud.

Mas informacion en: panamericana

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galiza

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

Her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

Malta’s president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgment and to show solidarity,” she said.

After a fraught general election this summer, commentators had been fearing a return to the political violence that scarred Malta during the 1980s.

In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”, saying he had asked police to reach out to other countries’ security services for help identifying the perpetrators.

“Everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat at a hastily convened press conference, “both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way”.

Muscat announced later in parliament that FBI officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for outside help from the US government.

The Nationalist party leader, Adrian Delia – himself the subject of negative stories by Caruana Galizia – claimed the killing was linked to her reporting. “A political murder took place today,” Delia said in a statement. “What happened today is not an ordinary killing. It is a consequence of the total collapse of the rule of law which has been going on for the past four years.”

Read more at: theguardian

Perú: Despiden a empleado por insultar a su jefe en Facebook

El trabajador había usado calificativos de grueso calibre para despotricar contra su jefe.

Marca un precedente. La Segunda Sala de Derecho Constitucional y Social Transitoria declaró infundada la demanda de un trabajador que fue despedido por insultar a su jefe en Facebook.  

El colaborador identificado como Wellington Douglas Ramírez Chahua hizo la demanda por despido fraudulento en contra de la empresa Tecnología Textil SA, ubicada en San Juan de Lurigancho, pero fue declarada infundada e inapelable.

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