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Associated Press, Published June 26 2010

North Dakota Attorey General: It’s fair to put Libertarian on ballot

BISMARCK – Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he won’t give a Democratic state senator a formal legal opinion about a ballot dispute.

Ryder Sen. John Warner wants Stenehjem to explain the legal authority for putting Libertarian Public Service Commission candidate Joshua Voytek on North Dakota’s fall ballot.

A candidate needs at least 300 primary votes to qualify for the general election. Libertarian Joshua Voytek was left off the June ballot because his paperwork got lost in Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office.

Stenehjem says Voytek should go on the November ballot anyway. Stenehjem says he told Jaeger that and a formal opinion isn’t needed.

Jaeger waited three weeks to tell Voytek his paperwork had been found, and he says that was wrong.

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