"Fighting Sioux" referendum to appear on ballot in North Dakota

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March 14, 2012

BISMARCK, North Dakota: On Tuesday, March 13, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the signature verification process was complete and the North Dakota University "Fighting Sioux" Referendum was qualified to appear on the June 12 ballot. According to Secretary Jaeger, 14,901 names, of the 16,824 submitted, were qualified which put amendment supporters 1,449 signatures ahead of the 13,452 that were required.[1]

Though the measure is certified to appear on the ballot in June, it is still not entirely clear that the referendum will make it that far. In February the North Dakota Board of Higher Education filed a lawsuit with the state aiming to keep the question off the ballot. A hearing before the state Supreme Court is scheduled for Thursday of this week.[1]

According to Secretary Jaeger, some signatures were rejected problems such as out-of-state addresses, problems with the petition form, and duplicate signings. Also, more than 600 were disqualified because a petition circulator did not provide the complete addresses of those who signed.[1]

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