A Minot lawmaker wants candidates in local races to have to show party affiliations.

Right now, those party ties are not on ballots for city government, school boards or other local elected offices. Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot) said he tried to get the proposal as an amendment to a bill in the 2017 Legislature, but it was rejected. Louser is planning to introduce it as a stand-alone bill in the 2019 Legislature.

Election training includes cyber-security

Mar 9, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A federal Election Assistance Commissioner said voting systems are like most Information Technology systems – they’re subject to attack.

Matthew Masterson talked to County auditors from around North Dakota, who were in Bismarck for election training.

"Election officials already know what to look for," Masterson said in an interview. "They know their processes, their procedures and what steps they need to take. But it's taking the simple 'blocking and tackling' steps  of securing their data."

Jaeger: ND needs new voting machines

Dec 18, 2015

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says North Dakota needs new voting machines.

Jaeger says the state is using voting technology developed when Congress passed the “Help America Vote Act” in 2001. And he says federal money was available to the states to implement that act. But Jaeger says that federal money won’t be available this time around.

A Fargo man who ran as an independent for Governor in 2012 wants the state Supreme Court to nullify the results of the 2012 election.

More from Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson.

Paul Sorum says Jack Dalrymple did not qualify to be on the primary ballot – so he is not qualified to hold that office. Sorum says state election statutes require the party-endorsed candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor to file on the same form. He told the court Dalrymple and Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley filed separate forms – and that violated the election statutes.

ND #1 in election administration

Mar 6, 2013

North Dakota is first in the nation when it comes to how elections are handled.

The study was conducted by the Pew Charitable Trust – and was for the year 2010. The study looked at 17 different criteria – including such things as wait times, handling absentee ballots and early voting, and the availability of on-line voter education tools. That study was released earlier this year.

All eyes, ears on the US Senate race in ND? Maybe

Jul 17, 2012

The ads are airing – the pollsters are polling – and the pundits are practicing punditry. But are people paying attention?

Mark  Springer is a political science professor at Bismarck’s Universityof Mary. He says while there are a lot of ads airing, especially in the Senate race between Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp, there’s a lot more to come – especially after Labor Day.