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Published June 24 2010

North Dakota lawmaker to seek opinion on election law

MINOT, N.D. – Democratic-NPL Secretary of State candidate Corey Mock and state Sen. John Warner of Ryder, N.D., have planned a news conference today in Minot to discuss action being taken following a mistake on the June primary ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced last week that Fargo resident Joshua Voytek, a Libertarian candidate for the Public Service Commission, wasn’t listed on the ballot because Voytek’s paperwork was misplaced.

As a resolution to the error, Jaeger – a Republican seeking re-election – said he would allow Voytek to still appear on the November ballot.

But Mock quickly questioned Jaeger’s decision, because North Dakota law requires candidates for statewide office to have at least 300 votes in the primary election in order to qualify for the general election in November.

Warner intends to request the North Dakota attorney general’s opinion on the situation, according to a media release from the Democratic-NPL Party.