“Anti-Corruption Amendment” Approved For Fall Ballot

North Dakota is one of only a handful of states without an ethics commission

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakotans will be voting on a sweeping government ethics overhaul initiative this fall. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says supporters of the initiative produced ten-thousand more signatures than needed to get it on the November ballot. Billed as an “anti-corruption amendment” to the state constitution, it would ban foreign money from elections, restrict lobbying and create…

Grassroots Organization Looks to Give Voters More Choices on Ballot

"Approve Fargo" is holding a big meeting on June 22 to drum up support for their initiative

FARGO, N.D. — A group in Fargo is trying to raise awareness for a new kind of voting system that will leave voters more of an option on the ballot. Approval voting is when you can vote for as many or as few of candidates as you want as opposed to picking candidates for the sake of just voting for somebody….

Students Begin Canvassing Across Town to Support Heidi Heitkamp

The "Students for Heidi" groups also take form on college campuses across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Several students walk around neighborhoods in the metro to convince potential voters to support Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The “Students for Heidi” group knocked on several doors and asked voters questions about their preferences heading into the election. Students say Heitkamp’s support of their needs in education and other issues fuels their ambition to help her campaign. “She always…

Fargo City Commission Candidates Gather for Q & A

Some of the biggest concerns from citizens are housing, infrastructure, and transportation

FARGO, N.D. — The Hawthorne Neighborhood Association hosted a forum for Fargo city commission candidates. Organizers say the questions citizens submitted were wide-ranging, but some of the biggest topics were aging infrastructure, housing, election reform, and affordability of living in the city. The candidates say improving core neighborhoods is key, as is balancing the needs of renters and landlords to create…

Get Out and Vote: Student Body Elections at NDSU

Student body elections are going on April 4th through the 5th

FARGO, N.D. — It’s students advocating for students in the interest of students. That’s what NDSU’s Chief Justice of the Student Court says about the student body elections that are happening right now. The elections happen every spring. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus by voting for different positions, such as student senator, president and vice president. Chief Justice…

Protecting Minnesota’s Balloting Process From Attack

Working With Department of Homeland Security

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s elections chief is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security to protect the state’s balloting process from attack. It comes as concern grows about Russian targeting of America’s election infrastructure. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders recently said efforts to protect elections from Russian cyberattacks in 2016 didn’t go far enough, and they recommended new safeguards…

On KVRR Local News at 9: Moorhead School Board Forum for 13 Board Candidates

A forum for the special school board election will show us where they stand on local issues

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Voters in Moorhead are about to meet the 13 people running for one seat on the Moorhead School Board. A forum for the special school board election will show us where they stand on local issues. KVRR’s Nick Broadway joins us live from Moorhead with more. NICK BROADWAY, REPORTING: I’m LIVE here at the Moorhead Public Library…

Supporters of Legalized Recreational Marijuana Working to Get Issue to North Dakota Voters

Supporters of legalizing marijuana fell short on petition signatures in 2016

  GRAND FORKS, ND — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota are planning another attempt to get the issue to voters. Dave Owens, of Grand Forks, said they’re finalizing a draft of a proposal to be filed with the Secretary of State’s office this fall. Once the petition is approved, signatures for a ballot measure can be gathered…

Member of Gov. Dayton’s Cabinet Dies

Tilsen's condition quickly worsened after he became ill last week

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A member of Minnesota Governor Dayton’s cabinet has died. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh Tilsen passed away early this morning from complications of a staph infection. Tilsen’s condition quickly worsened after he became ill last week. He was 67. Tilsen has been part of Dayton’s cabinet since the beginning. He’s been most visible during…