ND considering tougher penalties for petition fraud

House Bill 1397, drafted at Jaeger’s request, would make the punishment for falsifying names and information on a petition more harsh, raising the current penalty, a Class A misdemeanor — punishable with a maximum penalty of one year jail time, a $2,000 fine, or both — to a Class C felony, which has a max penalty of five years in jail, a $5,000, or both.

“Those are felonies, and here we have it repeated time after time,” Jaeger told the House Political Subdivisions Committee. “It is pretty serious.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • camsaure

    They should include voter fraud as well. If we cannot trust something as sacred as our vote we are sunk. Voter fraud and the petition fraud undermine the core values of a constitutional republic. If you want fraud move to Illinois or Minnesota, they seem to relish it there.

  • devilschild

    Once again … we have enough laws on the books. We just need to enforce the ones we already have and make sure they apply to all. And … this is the kicker … we need judges to give out stiffer penalties. I’m tired of law enforcement chasing down criminals just to see them get off as easy as they do.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      This isn’t adding a law. This is making an existing law tougher.

      Which is, uh, sort of what you’re calling for.

  • John_Wayne_American

    The article also mentions standardizing the canvassing boards to meet within 6 days of an election, I think it should be no sooner than 10 days, after the election, to provide time for those with “provisional ballots” to come to the court house in their county to show the proper ID, so that their “provisional ” ballot could be removed from the envelope and put into the stack for counting on day 9 prior to the canvassing board.

    Since our Elections are generally on a Tuesday, 6 days makes the canvassing board on a Monday, leaving only 3 days to get (in Cass County) 8000 people to the courthouse.

    9 days gets you to Thursday and on the 10th day (Friday) hold the canvassing board. This would also insure that most late arriving oversees ballots be in prior to canvassing.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    You should at least get 15 yards and a loss of down.