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Will Gardner: We Must Eliminate Unverified Ballots in North Dakota

Will Gardner: We Must Eliminate Unverified Ballots in North Dakota

This guest post was submitted by Will Gardner, a candidate for the NDGOP nomination for Secretary of State. When you hear of election fraud, do you think of Russian cyber interference or do you think of the thousands of unverified ballots in our last statewide election? Oh, wait — you don’t know about the 16,000+

Voters at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks fill out their ballots early Tuesday, June 14, 2016, for the North Dakota primary election. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

In Court Arguments, State of North Dakota Argues That Heitkamp’s 2012 Election Victory Couldn’t Be Verified

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office is in the process of defending North Dakota’s voter ID laws from a legal challenge. Those laws were enjoined by a federal judge shortly before the 2016 election, and the judge required that the state go back to allowing people without ID’s as long as they sign affidavits saying they

We Have No Idea if Voter Fraud Changed the Outcome of Some North Dakota Elections

When the voter ID issue is brought up by Republicans the response from Democrats is usually a lot of dismissive sneering. Voter fraud isn’t really a problem, they tell us, pointing to the lack of criminal cases involving voter fraud. But is it that there’s no fraud? Or that we aren’t really doing anything to

Rep. Rick Becker on New Voter ID Bill: “All You Have to Have Is Enough Gumption to Go in and Get an ID”

“If you’re an actual resident I can’t imagine it getting easier,” state Rep. Rick Becker said of new voter ID legislation which passed earlier this week. HB1369 is now before Governor Doug Burgum and some, including the Grand Forks Herald editorial board, are urging a veto. But Becker says the legislation is prudent, and an

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Lawmakers Passed Solid Reforms to North Dakota’s Voter ID Laws

In their previous session North Dakota lawmakers passed a law tightening up the state’s voter ID laws. Unfortunately, those reforms were struck down by a federal judge shortly before the 2016 election, so last year the state’s residents cast ballots based on the bad old laws. Which require an ID but, if you don’t have

Voters fill out their ballot forms Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Number of North Dakota Voters Casting Ballots With Affidavits Instead of ID up 55 Percent

During the 2015 legislative session state lawmakers passed stricter voter ID laws, among them the removal of the option to sign an affidavit declaring yourself an eligible voter. But after a legal challenge a federal judge overturned that change, and the state brought the affidavit option back ahead of the 2016 elections. The result? There

North Dakota College Students Confused by Simple Residency Laws for Some Reason

Last month some were raising a stink because the North Dakota University System warned students that if they sign an affidavit attesting their residency in their campus voting precinct that might put at risk any financial aid which might be dependent on their residency somewhere else. Today, election day, in what almost seems like a stunt

Voters fill out their ballot forms Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota Voter ID Proponents Are Trying to Suppress Votes

In the early part of the last century the activists behind progressive causes like alcohol prohibition and women’s suffrage had an unlikely ally. Namely, the Ku Klux Klan. “The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) shared a common interest in promoting and defending alcohol prohibition, women’s suffrage, Protestantism, and the protection

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem speaks at the state capitol in Bismarck on 6-29-2015 Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Defends His Office’s Handling of Voter ID Case

Earlier this week Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem came under fire from a conservative writer at National Review over his handling of a legal challenge to North Dakota’s voter ID laws. Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner with the Federal Elections Commission who has also worked for the Department of Justice, said lawyers representing the state didn’t even