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It’s Ok if You Don’t Vote, and if You Do Vote It’s Ok to Leave Parts of Your Ballot Blank

It’s Ok if You Don’t Vote, and if You Do Vote It’s Ok to Leave Parts of Your Ballot Blank

For weeks now we’ve all been inundated with messages telling us it’s our civic duty to get out and vote. To a point, I agree, though I’d add a caveat. It’s your duty to understand the candidates and issues on the ballot first. Having accomplished that, it is then your duty to vote. If you

Bismarck businessman and former NDGOP Chairman Gary Emineth speaks about one of his businesses in Grand Forks. Tim Albrecht / Forum News Service

Petition Backing Constitutional Amendment Banning Non-Citizen Voting Approved for Circulation

Previously I wrote about a constitutional ballot measure effort, backed by erstwhile Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth, currently a candidate for the state Senate in Bismarck, which would ban non-citizen voting in North Dakota’s constitution. That sort of voting is already illegal under state law, but Emineth told me in an interview the constitutional

Proposed Initiated Measure Would Create Constitutional Prohibition on Non-Citizens Voting in North Dakota Elections

This afternoon Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office sent out a press release announcing that an initiated measure had been filed. You can read the proposed measure and other documentation below, but it’s really pretty simple. Here’s the changes it would make to Article II of the North Dakota Constitution (click for a larger view):

If Apathy Counted as Votes Nobody Would Have Won the 2016 Election

I found this map on Reddit this morning, and I can’t stop looking at it. It was created by Philip Kearney, who describes himself as an amateur cartographer, and it’s pretty self explanatory. It supposes an election map which counts non-votes from eligible American voters as a vote for “none of the above.” Based on

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

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Secretary of State Declines to Provide Voter Information to Trump’s Election Integrity Commission

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, a Republican, just sent out a press release providing two memos he sent to President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. That commission has stirred a lot of controversy from Democrats, among others, concerned that it’s request for data would violate the privacy of voters. Jaeger, in

The University of North Dakota campus is shown in this file photo. Eric Hylden/Forum News Service

North Dakota University System Warns Students About Where They Declare Residency for Voting

The North Dakota University System has issued a student guide for voting in the 2016 election cycle. You can read the whole thing here, but in this excerpt the NDUS distributes a bit of advice that some are finding controversial. Note the highlighted sentence: “This is beyond inappropriate,” Bismarck attorney Tom Dickson said of the

People stop at West Acres in south Fargo, N.D. to vote on Tuesday, November 04, 2014. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

North Dakotans Are Already Voting In The June Primary

If you thought we still had more than a month – 42 days, specifically – until voting in the June 14 primary starts, think again. Per a press release from Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office sent out this afternoon, dozens of North Dakotans have already voted. Later this week voting will be open to

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Is Heidi Heitkamp Telling The Truth About Native American Voter Suppression In North Dakota?

Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, has introduced legislation called the Native American Voting Rights Act, which is probably self explanatory in terms of its intent based on that title. The legislation calls for more polling locations on reservations and also directs states to mail absentee ballots to all reservation voters if requested by the