Heidi Heitkamp gave her state party $3 million, and they are using it to depress voter turnout in North Dakota.
A reader alerted me to this curious message on Facebook which tells voters they may lose their hunting licenses in other states if they vote:
Facebook keeps a searchable database of the political ads which run on their platform. I searched for this particular ad to verify it, and it’s real. Paid for by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL:
The ad is promoting a Facebook Page titled “Hunter Alert,” though at this point there is no content there other than some logos.
I reached out to Democrats about the ad, asking what facts they’re basing this claim that hunters may lose their licenses for voting on. The Democrats typically don’t respond to my inquiries, however.
I’ve been writing about politics for more than 15 years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this.
I contacted Secretary of State Al Jaeger and asked if he’d ever heard of this claim before. “No,” he told me. “We’re not involved at all in the requirements for getting a hunting license. A question like what you have needs to be directed to the Game & Fish Department. I doubt that there’s any connection.”
“We’ve never heard of that, Randy Meissner, the licensing manager for North Dakota Game & Fish, told me when I contacted him and read him the text of the ad. I sent him the links and screenshots for the ad and he said he was going to run the claim by his administration.
This ad comes at a time when North Dakota Democrats are accusing the Republican legislative majority in the state of trying to suppress Native American votes with voter ID requirements.