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North Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010

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The North Dakota Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Republican incumbent Al Jaeger won 62.44% of the vote, easily defeating his challenger, Democrat Corey Mock. Neither candidate was opposed in the June 8 primary election.

Previous election

Incumbent Jaeger first won election as the state's secretary of state in 1992. During the last election cycle, he ran unopposed in the Republican primary race. In the general election contest, Jaeger faced Democratic challenger Kristin Hedger, winning by 115,341 (53.9%) votes to 98,583 (48.1%) votes.[1]

Race tracking

Ballotpedia predicted a Republican would become North Dakota's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for North Dakota Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Republican
Overall Call Likely Republican

General election

Results

On November 2, 2010, Alvin Jaeger won re-election to the office of North Dakota Secretary of State. He defeated Corey Mock (D) in the general election.

North Dakota Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlvin Jaeger Incumbent 62.4% 145,882
     Democratic Corey Mock 37.5% 87,519
     Write-In Various 0.1% 222
Total Votes 233,623
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

Endorsements

Al Jaeger

  • Grand Forks Herald, local newspaper[2]

Corey Mock

Finances

According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

North Dakota Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Corey Mock[7] $135,161
Al Jaegar[8] $84,235

Controversies

Candidate left off public service commission ballot

Joshua Voytek, a Libertarian candidate for the North Dakota Public Service Commission, was mistakenly left off the state's June 8th primary ballot as a result of misplaced paperwork. According to Secretary of State Jaeger, even though Voytek mailed the required forms, including a candidate affidavit and statement of his financial interests, in early April, he was not listed as an official candidate because "the documents were mistakenly attached to other business registration paperwork in his office when the mail received April 8 was opened."[9] Jaeger decided to place the third-party individual on the general election ballot, despite not receiving at least 300 votes to be eligible to run in the fall as required by state law - a move that drew criticism, especially from Mock. Even some conservative pundits in the state have argued that "Jaeger may have overstepped his bounds."[10]

Even though Jaeger stated that he discussed the matter with the State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem prior to reaching his decision, Stenehjem denied a request made by Democratic State Senator John Warner for a formal legal opinion on the issue.[11]

State Libertarian lawsuit

The Center for Competitive Politics, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger on behalf of the Chairman of the North Dakota Libertarian Party and two candidates for the state legislature on the 2010 primary ballot that did not get enough votes to qualify for the general election. Oliver Hall, the attorney representing the Libertarians, claims that the state's requirement to get a minimum amount of votes in the primary along with 7,000 signatures for ballot access is unconstitutional. Hall claims the law restricts free speech and due process rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.[12]

Jager told the Bismarck Tribune that it's not his responsibility to determine which election laws are constitutional. The state's top election officer said: "we follow the law, and if they disagree with the law, they have the right to pursue satisfaction for whatever they feel is a problem."[12] North Dakota is the only state in the nation to have this type of a requirement for third party candidates to get on the ballot. Minnesota had a similar law until their Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.[12] According to Ballot Access News, no third party candidate for the legislature has qualified for the general election since 1976.[12]

June 8, 2010 primaries

See also: North Dakota Attorney General election, 2010

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