BISMARCK - North Dakota state election officials have encouraged tribal members who lack a street address needed to vote in next month's election to contact local authorities to obtain one.

In a memo to North Dakota tribal leaders dated Friday, Sept. 28, the Secretary of State's office said people without a street address should contact their county 911 coordinator to start the "no charge" process of assigning an address with the description of the home's location. Once the address is assigned, the resident will be provided a letter that can be used to obtain an ID or as supplemental documentation for voting.

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The memo came after attorneys representing several members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They are seeking to vacate an appellate court ruling that allowed the state to require that IDs include a residential address rather than a mailing one, such as a post office box.

The fight over North Dakota's voter ID laws dates back to early 2016, when Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger was sued over law changes. Legislators passed a new law last year after the plaintiffs notched a victory ahead of that year's election, sparking a new round of legal battles.

The memo included a link to a list of North Dakota's county 911 coordinators.