Proposed North Dakota measure seeks to bar noncitizen voting

May 14, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A longtime North Dakota Republican activist is proposing a change to the state constitution that would explicitly bar non-U.S. citizens from voting in elections.

Gary Emineth, a candidate for the state Senate seat in Bismarck, submitted the proposed constitutional amendment to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday for review.

The North Dakota Constitution already defines a voter as a U.S. citizen. But Emineth says the wording is “ambiguous” and another section is proposed for clarity.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says there have been some reports of non-U.S. citizens voting in North Dakota but nothing was ever proven.

The amendment’s supporters need to get signatures from at least 26,904 North Dakota voters by July 9 to put the measure on the November ballot.

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