As Election Day for the midterms draws closer, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will visit North Dakota to campaign for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Booker will be in Mandan and on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation with Heitkamp on Friday. Former Vice President Joe Biden will also be campaigning for Heitkamp, as he’ll visit Fargo Thursday.
The four large American Indian tribes in North Dakota are providing free identification with street addresses to thousands of members in advance of Tuesday’s election. The effort comes in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the state to continue requiring street addresses on IDs. The state of North Dakota is currently being sued by the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe over the voting requirements. The state maintains everyone has a street address via the statewide 911 system. The lawsuit argues that the system isn’t reliable on reservations.
Both Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer say they oppose a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana. They also both support a ban on non-citizens voting in the state. The two candidates disagree on ballot measure 1, which would amend the North Dakota constitution to include a sweeping government ethics overhaul. Heitkamp voted in favor of the measure while Cramer says he’ll vote against it.
The mother of a 12-year-old boy cited in juvenile court for allegedly attacking a school bus driver in Mandan earlier this month has now been charged in the case. Thirty-six-year-old Megan Rosario Hernandez of Bismarck was charged Monday with felony tampering with a public service and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
A Wahpeton man accused of streaking through stores made his initial appearance in Wahpeton Municipal Court. Oscar Eladio Zubiate Jr. is accused of two counts of indecent exposure following incidents at Econofoods and Walmart in Wahpeton. Eyewitnesses say Zubiate Jr. was shopping for produce at Walmart wearing only shoes and a hat. He was also seen in Econofoods. He has no other previous felony or misdemeanor charges listed.