On April 30, North Dakota Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved for circulation a petition that would, among other reforms, implement a ‘Top-4’ open primary with a ranked choice voting (RCV) general election.
The petition, submitted by North Dakota Voters First, would also reform the legislative redistricting, election audit, and overseas voting processes. It needs approximately 27,000 certified signatures by July 6 to put the measure to a statewide vote in November’s general election.
North Dakota Voters First is a nonpartisan grassroots coalition of conservatives, progressives, and moderates working to better North Dakota’s elections. After the petition’s approval, the group’s next step was suing the Secretary of State’s office to allow the group to collect signatures electronically—an action it took on May 6.
We are heartened to see statewide groups attempt to expand the reach of RCV, and will keep you updated as the situation evolves.