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North Dakota Secretary of State Approves Format For Legal Weed Petition

The group will need to collect about 27,000 signatures by February to get it on the June 2020 ballot

BISMARCK, ND — The format of a petition to make cannabis legal in North Dakota has been approved by the secretary of state. The group behind the effort initially withdrew the petition to make some clarifications. The constitutional initiated measure would allow a person to grow, process and possess up to 12 cannabis plants. It would also license and regulate…

Legalize ND Begins New Push To Make Marijuana Legal

The group's latest proposal would limit possession to 2 ounces, and wouldn't allow home growing

BISMARCK, ND — A group that pushed to legalize marijuana in North Dakota last year is back for another try. Legalize ND expects to submit a new proposed initiative to the secretary of state’s office soon. The group’s leader, David Owen, said the new measure will be far more specific than the one that voters soundly defeated in November. The…

North Dakota Man Wants To Change Constitution And Make Cannabis Plant Legal

He has turned in a petition request to the secretary of state's office in Bismarc

BISMARCK, ND — A Courtenay, North Dakota man is behind an effort to change the state constitution and end prohibition of the cannabis plant. John C. Bailey is the chairperson of the sponsoring committee. He has turned in a petition request to the secretary of state’s office in Bismarck. The secretary and attorney general will review it and decide whether it…

Democrat Rep. Josh Boschee of Fargo Chosen As Minority Leader

He replaces Rep. Corey Mock of Grand Forks who decided not to seek the position

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Democrats have a new house minority leader. They have chosen Rep. Josh Boschee of Fargo. He replaces Rep. Corey Mock of Grand Forks who decided not to seek the position. Boschee ran for Secretary of State in November but lost to incumbent Al Jaeger. Democrats also re-elected Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford as senate minority…

Former U.S. Attorney For ND Says Voters’ Address Issues Continue With Central Voter File

BISMARCK, N.D. – Amid issues that North Dakotans won’t be able to vote if they don’t have an address on their ID, Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger says “every voter will be given a ballot.” However, he has not said every ballot will be accepted. Native American tribes failed with legal challenges to the law. They argue many people on…

Former Moorhead City Council Member Sues Over Polling Site Changes

Mark Altenburg claims the city violated state law

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A lawsuit filed against the City of Moorhead claims it violated state law when changes were made to election day polling locations. The complaint was filed by former Moorhead City Council member Mark Altenburg. He is asking a judge to order the city to publish the list of polling sites that were used before the changes were made…

Minn. Secretary of State Steve Simon Rallies Voters

He is being challenged by Republican candidate John Howe

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in town to meet and greet with volunteers before joining them to go door–to–door. Simon, who is running for re–election, is challenged by Republican candidate John Howe. Simon says this year, the number of registered voters and absentee ballots cast so far have doubled from previous years. “It really centers around…

County Leaders Want To Be Reimbursed For $5,000 Primary Recount

The state Supreme Court ordered the recount which gave the Libertarian candidate, Roland Riemers, one more vote

BISMARCK, N.D. — A recount in North Dakota’s secretary of state primary race cost about $5,000. The state Supreme Court ordered the recount which gave the Libertarian candidate, Roland Riemers, one more vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger initially declined the recount because Riemers was the only Libertarian running for the seat. He failed to get the 300 votes needed to…

Petitions Delivered To Legalize Marijuana And Establish Special License Plates

If the marijuana measure is approved by voters it would be legal to grow, use and distribute marijuana for people 21 and older

BISMARCK, N.D. — Legal recreational marijuana is one step closer to a public vote in North Dakota. Sponsors of the initiative have delivered petitions with nearly 19-thousand signatures to the secretary of state’s office. In order to get the measure on the November ballot, nearly 13-thousand 5-hundred signatures must be valid. The secretary of state has until August 13 to…

Amid Backlash For Peeping Guilty Plea, Will Gardner Ends ND Secretary of State Bid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota politician accused in a peeping incident at a college campus has formally dropped out of the race for secretary of state. Will Gardner notified Secretary of State Al Jaeger by a letter Wednesday that he will decline the GOP’s nomination. Gardner said he would withdraw last month after it came to light that…