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Associated Press, Published April 05 2012

Fighting Sioux ballot language changed after error

BISMARCK, N.D. — The meaning of a vote on the Fighting Sioux nickname ballot measure has been changed.

Now someone who votes “Yes” on the measure wants the University of North Dakota to drop the nickname. A “No” vote keeps the nickname.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he realized Thursday the original ballot language was wrong.

Stenehjem and Secretary of State Al Jaeger had agreed on language that said a “Yes” vote was a vote to keep the name and a “No” vote was a vote to drop it.

It should be the other way around. Stenehjem says the question is convoluted because people are voting on a double negative.

He says the ballot will make clear what a “Yes” vote means and what a “No” vote means.


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