North Dakota Libertarian gubernatorial candidate will not appear on general election ballot
BISMARCK, North Dakota: In North Dakota, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket. In an opinion issued yesterday, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ruled that the "single ticket" stipulation applies to the primary election, as well. As a result of that ruling, the ballot for this year's general election will have two fewer names than voters may expect.
Libertarian candidates Roland Riemers and Richard Ames filed their joint candidacy with the North Dakota Secretary of State, but Ames' application was missing a page and deemed invalid. Riemers ran by himself in the primary election and received more than the requisite 300 votes to appear on the general election ballot, but before Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified the results of the primary, he sought an opinion from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. According to the state constitution, the governor and lieutenant governor must be elected on a joint ballot. Stenehjem, citing the constitution and the North Dakota Century Code, ruled that Riemers' candidacy is invalid because there was no lieutenant governor candidate on the ballot with him.
Two sets of candidates, incumbent Republicans Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley and Democratic challengers Ryan Taylor and Ellen Chaffee, won a place on the ballot in their statewide nominating conventions.
- North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
- North Dakota Constitution
- Attorney General of North Dakota
- North Dakota Secretary of State