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Court-ordered recount for ND Libertarian candidate cost nearly $5,000

BISMARCK — A court-ordered recount of June primary election ballots cost North Dakota counties nearly $5,000, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Nov. 16.

The recount came after Libertarian Secretary of State candidate Roland Riemers failed to garner enough votes to be nominated by his party during the June election and advance to the November ballot. He took his case to the state Supreme Court, which said he was entitled to an automatic recount under the "plain language" of the law.

Riemers gained one vote during the recount, but he still fell short.

The state Emergency Commission on Monday will hear a request for $4,950.68 in contingency funds to reimburse counties for the cost of conducting the statewide recount.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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