SECRETARY OF STATE AL JAEGER

North Dakota Residents to Receive Applications for Absentee Ballots

Anyone who applies for an absentee ballot will receive one in early May.

CASS COUNTY, N.D.–North Dakota residents should be on the lookout for applications for absentee ballots arriving in the mail the week of April 20. The ballot applications will be addressed to each resident with their address prefilled. In addition to the applications, residents will receive a letter from North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. With voting locations being closed,…

Gov. Burgum Adopts Rules for Tribal Voter Identification

A public hearing and public comment period will be held.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Governor Doug Burgum officially adopted Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s emergency rules related to tribal ID’s for Native American voters on Wednesday. The new rules will allow the state to incorporate the use of tribal ID’s for Native American voters into the statewide electronic pollbook project that was implemented in 2019. The rules address the documentation that constitutes a…

Recreational Marijuana Petitions Approved for Circulation

The petition will need 13,500 signatures by July 6.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters. Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of the petition on Monday. LegalizeND would need to gather and submit nearly 13,500 signatures by July 6 to get a proposed measure on the November ballot. The proposed…

Legalize ND Submits Paperwork For Statewide Vote

Legalize ND would need to gather nearly 13,500 valid signatures by July to get the measure on the ballot for the 2020 general election in November.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenjehem have up to seven days to review the proposed measure and decide whether to approve it for circulation so the…

Group Misses Deadline to Block Open Records Exemption

13,500 qualified signatures were needed to get the proposal to statewide vote.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A group seeking to overturn a new law exempting lawmakers’ communications with public employees missed the deadline to get the proposal on the ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the group headed by Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz failed to turn in by midnight Tuesday the nearly 13,500 qualified signatures needed to get the proposal to…

Tribe Sues North Dakota Over Voter ID Requirements

The lawsuit seeks to have the street address requirement ruled unconstitutional.

BISMARCK, N.D. —┬áThe Spirit Lake Sioux tribe is suing North Dakota over voting requirements. To cast a ballot, voters need identification with a provable street address , something that’s hard to come by on reservations. The state maintains everyone has a street address via the statewide 911 system, but the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Native American Rights Fund and…

Legalizing Marijuana Will Be on Ballot In November

Supporters needed to submit about 13,500 valid signatures. They had more than 14,600.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says proponents submitted more than enough valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot. Supporters needed to submit about 13,500 valid signatures. They had more…

ND Secretary of State Files Petitions To Be Placed On November Ballot

Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger has turned in signatures to his own office to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger has turned in signatures to his own office to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate. Will Gardner beat Jaeger for the GOP endorsement for the seat but withdrew after news surfaced of a 2006 disorderly conduct conviction for peeping through windows at the North Dakota State…

“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…

No Settlement Reached Between State And Native Americans Over Voting Laws

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the closed-door meeting was unsuccessful

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has failed to reach a settlement with a group of Native Americans over voter identification laws. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the closed-door meeting Tuesday was unsuccessful, but “discussions may continue.” U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland criticized the state for raising a “litany of embellished concerns” about people taking advantage of his ruling that…