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North Dakota reservations see record voter turnout amid fears of suppression

first_imgJanice McDonald/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Despite concerns of voter suppression, election turnout in North Dakota’s two most populous Native American counties spiked to its highest levels since at least 2010 and some precincts reported record turnout, according to local election officials and data from North Dakota’s Secretary of State.In Rolette County, a precinct at the heart of the Turtle Mountain Reservation, 2,136 people voted. Local officials say it is the highest election turnout ever. Data from the Secretary of State’s office showed turnout rose 50 percent higher than 2016 levels. Similar numbers were reported in Sioux County, home of the Standing Rock Reservation.On Election Day, a group of 70 young Native American voters in Belcourt, the largest city on Turtle Mountain, marched to the polls while carrying signs reading “don’t disenfranchise us” and chanting “North Dakota, you can’t do that.”Across the state, there was little to no issue with new tribal IDs being accepted at the polls or voters being turned away at precincts on or near reservations.Jamie Azure, tribal chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, told ABC News that he believed the voter ID court fight and the ensuing response would motivate Native American voters about the importance of voting.“They have woken a sleeping giant,” he said.Native American tribal leaders and voting rights activists had raised concerns about elections after the Supreme Court allowed North Dakota to proceed with its strict voter identification law. It requires voters show proof of a residential street address but many voters on the mostly rural reservations only had post office box addresses.Tribal leaders accused the state of trying to suppress Native American votes, with all four tribes banding together after the Supreme Court’s action to put out a statement condemning the “suppressive” voter ID law. Activists said the push for tighter voter ID laws came from a desire to block Native Americans, who largely back Democrats, from casting ballots.In the weeks following the court’s decision, tribes rushed to print new IDs and create addresses for voters. Since the Supreme Court’s action on Oct. 9th, North Dakota’s four largest tribes printed more than 3,500 new IDs.The Spirit Lake Tribe sued the Secretary of State’s office for emergency court action to block the law’s implementation on and near reservations after the office repeatedly offered varied and often non-committal answers about whether the new IDs would be accepted at the polls. The tribe lost in federal court.Courtney Yellow Fat, a tribal council member for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, told ABC News before the election, that the law represented a clear effort at blocking Native Americans from helping Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp win re-election.“After the election of Senator Heitkamp is when a lot of this came up through the legislature. And to us it’s clearly suppression of our votes,” Yellow Fat said.On Tuesday, Heitkamp ultimately lost her re-election bid to Republican Kevin Cramer by more than 10 points, but the high Native American turnout still helped her gain votes. She won both Rolette and Sioux counties with more than 80 percent of the vote and won with more Democratic votes and higher margins in both counties than in her first victory in 2012.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NAFCU gets insights into fintech, payment innovations at WHF event

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel Jennifer Aguilar Tuesday attended a Women in Housing and Finance (WHF) event focused on payment innovations. NAFCU remains committed to ensuring a level playing field for credit unions and continues to monitor the financial services landscape for potential changes that could impact the industry.The association also has also published whitepapers on fintech and data privacy, seeking to empower credit unions with the tools to better serve their communities, while ensuring proper congressional and regulatory oversight.Additionally, Aguilar and members of NAFCU’s Regulatory Affairs team previously met with CFPB Office of Innovation Director Paul Watkins and other bureau staff to discuss the bureau’s trial disclosure policy and compliance assistance sandbox, which intend to promote innovation and facilitate compliance at financial institutions.During Tuesday’s lunch, attendees discussed new survey research from the Pew Charitable Trusts about consumer’s understanding of and trust in mobile payments and how this influences whether they use new fintech solutions. Other topics of discussion included consumer experience with dispute resolution, the prepaid account rule’s impact on mobile payments, improving consumer education surrounding mobile payments and the forthcoming FedNow service. continue reading »last_img read more

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Escaped CIDG detainee falls in Leon

first_imgAn informant alerted CIDG ofBalintong’s whereabouts, said Dogao. Balintong said he was once jailed inTaguig City, Metro Manila./PN He did not want to be jailed again, hesaid after his re-arrest yesterday. ILOILO City – A rape suspect whoescaped from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) officein Mandurriao district on March 6 was rearrested on Sunday in Barangay Agta,Leon, Iloilo. He tried to run away, said PoliceMajor James Dogao, CIDG-Iloilo chief. Balintong escaped from the CIDG officeFriday last week at around 10 p.m. via an open window some 12 hours after hewas served with an arrest warrant for rape (three counts; no bail recommended)in Barangay Ban-ag, Santa Barbara. The 40-year-old Aldren Balintong was aresident of Barangay Cadagmayan Norte, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. He was caught ataround 12:30 p.m. in the house of his sister-in-law TeresitaCabanero. last_img read more

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