August 13, 2020 •
Group Seeks to Block Measure 3 from November Ballot in North Dakota
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed a third measure to be on the November ballot.
Measure 3, a constitutional amendment put forth by Fargo-based North Dakota Voters First, makes several changes to election procedures.
This amendment creates paper record and audit requirements for ballots; requires ballots to be sent to military and overseas voters at least 61 days before an election; and makes the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures.
The amendment would also introduce an open primary system in which all candidates, regardless of party, would appear on a single ballot.
This would also have the top four candidates advancing to the general election.
A ranked-choice vote would decide the winner.
Additionally, if implemented, North Dakota would become only the second state in the country, after Maine, to employ a statewide ranked-choice system.
A North Dakota-based 501(c)(4) called Brighter Future Alliance is challenging the measure’s eligibility for the ballot.
The alliance is seeking a writ of injunction from the North Dakota Supreme Court prohibiting Jaeger from placing Measure 3 on the November 2020, general election ballot.
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