May 7, 2020 •
Lawsuit Filed in North Dakota Redistricting Case
The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment.
This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures.
The Legislature is responsible for redrawing district lines every 10 years following each U.S. Census and is scheduled to do so again in 2021.
The group proposing the measure, North Dakota Voters First, will need to obtain signatures of 4% of eligible voters by July 6 to get the proposal on the ballot in November.
The group has now filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Al Jaeger in U.S. District Court claiming it should be allowed to collect electronic signatures during the pandemic.
The state law requiring petition circulators to collect necessary signatures in-person is unrealistic and dangerous.
Additionally, the inability to get the measure on the ballot this year would mean the current redistricting rules stay in place for another decade.
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