North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Candidate’s Residency Requirement Under Scrutiny

An election ballot box sets on a table inside the entrance of the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. Another box is located inside the entrance to the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

MINOT, N.D. — Across the state, North Dakota voters are receiving and filling out vote-by-mail ballots for the June primary election. For partisan statewide races, those ballots will decide which candidates will represent each political party on the November ballot.

In the race for insurance commissioner, there’s not much drama. Neither Republican incumbent Jon Godfread, nor Democratic challenger Travisia Martin, are facing competition for the nomination from their respective parties.

But Martin, specifically, may have an issue with whether or not she’s even allowed to legally be on the June ballot.

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