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A vote about 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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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>
  
 
==Election results==
 
==Election results==

Revision as of 00:37, 25 June 2014

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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]

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