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

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

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John Olsrud: Voting Has Nothing To Do With Driving

Much attention has been given to the “easy as pie” voting system in North Dakota after voting requirements were tightened by the 2013 Legislative Assembly.  Subsequent reports have indicated the new requirements have disenfranchised hundreds of students who wished to vote in their current precincts.  Instead of changing the law back to the way it

Matt Evans: If Australia Jumped Off A Bridge, Would You?

This week, President Obama was doing a bit of public speculating about the effects of hypothetical mandatory voting in the US. I say public speculating because I don’t think this is an issue that the President wants to take up and drive towards becoming policy. To lend credibility to the idea, Obama points out that

Mandatory Voting Is A Stupid Idea

President Obama thinks a law mandating that all eligible Americans vote is a “transformative” idea. Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting in the U.S. while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland on Wednesday. Asked about the influence of money in U.S. elections, Obama digressed into the topic of voting rights and said the

Bill Would Only Let Property Owners Cast Ballots In School Bond Elections

UPDATE: The intent of this legislation is different from the wording. More here. Here’s an interesting notion: What if the only people allowed to vote in school bond elections were the ones obligated to pay for the bonds? That’s what HB1383 would accomplish if passed. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican from