ND House votes for tougher laws for petition fraudsters

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A proposed law says some types of election fraud are serious enough to deserve prison time.

The bill says someone who fakes more than two signatures on an election petition is committing a felony crime, punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The North Dakota House endorsed the legislation 84 to 7 on Friday. It now moves to the North Dakota Senate.

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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