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A vote about whether to '''recall the Griggs County Commission''' from their positions in Griggs County, North Dakota is scheduled for October 8.<ref name="JS07042013">[http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/190144/group/homepage/ ''The Jamestown Sun'', "Griggs County commissioners face recall election," July 04, 2013]</ref> The commission has five members: Ronnie Edland, Dennis Halvorson, Ron Halvorson, Robert Johnson, and Keith Monson.<ref>[http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page6.html ''Griggs County North Dakota'', "Commission," Accessed: July 30, 2013]</ref>
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A vote to '''recall the Griggs County Commission''' from their positions in Griggs County, North Dakota was scheduled for October 8, 2013.<ref name="JS07042013">[http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/190144/group/homepage/ ''The Jamestown Sun'', "Griggs County commissioners face recall election," July 04, 2013]</ref> The commission had five members: Ronnie Edland, Dennis Halvorson, Ron Halvorson, Robert Johnson, and Keith Monson.<ref>[http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page6.html ''Griggs County North Dakota'', "Commission," accessed: July 30, 2013]</ref> All five county commissioners were '''recalled''' from their seats.<ref>[http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/275276/ ''Grand Forks Herald'',"All 5 Griggs County commissioners ousted in recall election prompted by $3.5 million building project," October 8, 2013]</ref>
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==Election results==
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===District 1===
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{{Recall outcome
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|replace = yes
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|title =  Griggs County Commission, District 1
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|winner = 2
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|1words = Ron Halvorson, Incumbent
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|1vote = 92
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|2words = John Wakefield
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|2vote = 132
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|3words = Loren Alfson
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|3vote = 2
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|4words = Don Fors
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|4vote = 1
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|source = Griggs County Elections Office
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|sourcelink = http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page41.html
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|sourcenote = (Accessed: November 11, 2013)
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}}
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===District 2===
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{{Recall outcome
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|replace = yes
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|title =  Griggs County Commission, District 2
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|winner = 2
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|1words = Ronnie Edland, Incumbent
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|1vote = 90
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|2words = Shawn Steffen
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|2vote = 150
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|source = Griggs County Elections Office
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|sourcelink = http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page41.html
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|sourcenote = (Accessed: November 11, 2013)
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}}
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===District 3===
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{{Recall outcome
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|replace = yes
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|title =  Griggs County Commission, District 3
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|winner = 2
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|1words = Dennis Halvorson, Incumbent
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|1vote = 60
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|2words = Ron Dahl
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|2vote = 144
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|source = Griggs County Elections Office
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|sourcelink = http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page41.html
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|sourcenote = (Accessed: November 11, 2013)
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}}
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===District 4===
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{{Recall outcome
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|replace = yes
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|title =  Griggs County Commission, District 4
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|winner = 2
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|1words = Keith Monson, Incumbent
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|1vote = 71
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|2words = Troy Olson
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|2vote = 103
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|source = Griggs County Elections Office
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|sourcelink = http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page41.html
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|sourcenote = (Accessed: November 11, 2013)
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}}
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===District 5===
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{{Recall outcome
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|replace = yes
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|title =  Griggs County Commission, District 5
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|winner = 2
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|1words = Robert Johnson, Incumbent
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|1vote = 69
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|2words = Dale Pederson
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|2vote = 112
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|source = Griggs County Elections Office
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|sourcelink = http://www.griggscountynd.gov/page41.html
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|sourcenote = (Accessed: November 11, 2013)
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}}
  
 
==Reasons for recall==
 
==Reasons for recall==
In May 2013 the Griggs County Commission approved a multimillion dollar renovation of a 130-year old court house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, in September 2011, June 2012 and January 2013, Griggs residences had turned down similar renovation proposals in ballot measures. County residence were angered that the Commission for approving the renovation.<ref name="JS07042013"/><ref>[http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130513/NEWS/130519895?template=printart ''Crookston Times'', "Griggs County Courthouse plans spark backlash," May 13, 2013]</ref>
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In May 2013 the Griggs County Commission approved a multimillion dollar renovation of a 130-year old court house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, in September 2011, June 2012 and January 2013, Griggs' residents had turned down similar renovation proposals in ballot measures. County residents were angered that the Commission approved the renovation.<ref name="JS07042013"/><ref>[http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130513/NEWS/130519895?template=printart ''Crookston Times'', "Griggs County Courthouse plans spark backlash," May 13, 2013]</ref>
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==Legal issues==
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In August 2013, [[North Dakota Attorney General]] [[Wayne Stenehjem]] declared that the commission had violated public meeting laws in regard to a "community forum" they held in February 2013 without public notice. Stenehjem also ruled that the county had violated open record laws when it took two months to provide John Wakefield, one of the recall leaders, with requested public records. Wakefield had filed the complaints, and stated the rulings were evidence for voters during the recall election. No corrective action was taken beyond requiring the county to provide Wakefield with some of the requested records free of charge within a seven day time frame.<ref>[http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/23305735/griggs-co-commissioners-up-for-recall ''valleynewslive.com'', "Griggs Co. Commissioners Up for Recall," August 30, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/71565/ ''The Dickinson Press'', "Attorney general says Griggs County Commission violated open records laws," August 30, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
 
::''See also: [[Laws governing recall in North Dakota]]
 
::''See also: [[Laws governing recall in North Dakota]]
 
Petition signatures were submitted to County Auditor Cindy Anton on June 14, 2013.<ref>[http://www.kvrr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20833&Itemid=57 ''kvrr.com'', "Petition to Remove Commissioners Presented in Griggs County," June 14, 2013]</ref> The election of October 8 was set on July 3.<ref name="JS07042013"/>
 
Petition signatures were submitted to County Auditor Cindy Anton on June 14, 2013.<ref>[http://www.kvrr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20833&Itemid=57 ''kvrr.com'', "Petition to Remove Commissioners Presented in Griggs County," June 14, 2013]</ref> The election of October 8 was set on July 3.<ref name="JS07042013"/>
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.griggscountynd.gov/ Griggs Country, North Dakota]
 
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Political recall efforts, 2013]]
 
* [[Political recall efforts, 2013]]
 
* [[County commission recalls]]
 
* [[County commission recalls]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.griggscountynd.gov/ Griggs Country, North Dakota]
  
 
==References==
 
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A vote to recall the Griggs County Commission from their positions in Griggs County, North Dakota was scheduled for October 8, 2013.[1] The commission had five members: Ronnie Edland, Dennis Halvorson, Ron Halvorson, Robert Johnson, and Keith Monson.[2] All five county commissioners were recalled from their seats.[3]

Election results

District 1

Griggs County Commission, District 1
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddRon Halvorson, Incumbent 92 40.53%
ApprovedaJohn Wakefield 132 58.15%
DefeateddLoren Alfson 2 0.88%
DefeateddDon Fors 1 0.44%
Election results via: Griggs County Elections Office (Accessed: November 11, 2013)

District 2

Griggs County Commission, District 2
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddRonnie Edland, Incumbent 90 37.5%
ApprovedaShawn Steffen 150 62.5%
Election results via: Griggs County Elections Office (Accessed: November 11, 2013)

District 3

Griggs County Commission, District 3
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddDennis Halvorson, Incumbent 60 29.41%
ApprovedaRon Dahl 144 70.59%
Election results via: Griggs County Elections Office (Accessed: November 11, 2013)

District 4

Griggs County Commission, District 4
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddKeith Monson, Incumbent 71 40.8%
ApprovedaTroy Olson 103 59.2%
Election results via: Griggs County Elections Office (Accessed: November 11, 2013)

District 5

Griggs County Commission, District 5
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddRobert Johnson, Incumbent 69 38.12%
ApprovedaDale Pederson 112 61.88%
Election results via: Griggs County Elections Office (Accessed: November 11, 2013)

Reasons for recall

In May 2013 the Griggs County Commission approved a multimillion dollar renovation of a 130-year old court house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, in September 2011, June 2012 and January 2013, Griggs' residents had turned down similar renovation proposals in ballot measures. County residents were angered that the Commission approved the renovation.[1][4]

Legal issues

In August 2013, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem declared that the commission had violated public meeting laws in regard to a "community forum" they held in February 2013 without public notice. Stenehjem also ruled that the county had violated open record laws when it took two months to provide John Wakefield, one of the recall leaders, with requested public records. Wakefield had filed the complaints, and stated the rulings were evidence for voters during the recall election. No corrective action was taken beyond requiring the county to provide Wakefield with some of the requested records free of charge within a seven day time frame.[5][6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in North Dakota

Petition signatures were submitted to County Auditor Cindy Anton on June 14, 2013.[7] The election of October 8 was set on July 3.[1]

See also

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