General Election Will Be Administered By Law After Hovland Ruling


North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says Chief Judge of the US District Court in Bismarck, Judge Daniel Hovland, has denied a motion for a temporary restraining order requested by the attorneys representing, among seven plaintiffs, the Spirit Lake Tribe.

Jaeger says the litigation is in regards to the North Dakota Century Code’s rule that “requires a voter to produce valid identification bearing a “current residential street address” before voting.”

This means that the General election will be administered according to the law and to those portions of Judge Hovland’s second Preliminary Injunction in the Brakebill vs. Jaeger lawsuit that remain in effect. The Secretary of State and his staff will continue to work with the County Auditors of the state’s 53 counties to administer the election accordingly and by the instructions that have already been provided through training to the poll workers in each polling place.