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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address, and other events throughout the day.

Both of North Dakota’s US Senators say they will not object to the Electoral College vote count, when it comes before Congress Wednesday.

Several Senators and Representatives say they will object, because of allegations of voter fraud in some key swing states.

In a statement, Senator John Hoeven said each stated certifies its electoral vote, not Congress. And Senator Kevin Cramer said he can’t vote to overturn the election results without sufficient evidence or clear Constitutional authority.

Here are their statements:

Armstrong: States select electors, Congress does not

Jan 4, 2021

North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong (R) said it is not Congress’ place to overturn the results of the November election.

Several GOP House and Senate members say they will vote to reject the results of the Electoral College vote in several key states that voted for Joe Biden. Those members want the Legislatures in those states to appoint a new set of electors.

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President-elect Joe Biden is speaking after electors around the country cast their formal votes, confirming his presidential win. Watch his remarks live tonight at 6:30pm.

Insurance Commissioner talks election and regulation

Nov 5, 2020
Insurance Commission

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread may have had the easiest time of all the statewide candidates seeking re-election.

That’s because he had no opponent.

The Democratic candidate was removed from the ballot because she did not meet residency requirements.

Godfread said in his second term, he wants to continue the work he’s already started – especially in terms of technology.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Governor Burgum cannot make an appointment to the Legislature, to fill a vacant seat caused by the death of a candidate.

That candidate – David Andahl – died in early October of COVID-19. His name stayed on the ballot, and he won enough votes to be elected.

Gov. Doug Burgum is appointing Wade Boeshans to fill the empty District 8 state house seat.

David Andahl won the seat in the general election. But he passed away with COVID-19 in October. And his name remained on the ballot.


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