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Associated Press, Published October 22 2012

ND Supreme Court to consider state ballot dispute

BISMARCK — The man who wanted to be the North Dakota Libertarian candidate for governor will get a state Supreme Court hearing on why he was left off the ballot.

But Roland Riemers won't get his time before the justices until Election Day. That's when the arguments are scheduled.

Riemers didn't qualify for the ballot because his lieutenant governor candidate didn't turn in the right paperwork.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger asked for a legal opinion about the omission.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem concluded that state law didn't allow Riemers to run for governor if he didn't have a running mate.

Riemers contends if that's so, the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor didn't fill out their paperwork correctly either — and they should have been dropped from the ballot.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.