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Central registry uncovers potential voter fraud

BISMARCK – An incidence of potential voter fraud affecting Ward and Rolette Counties is among voting irregularities identified following last November’s election, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office.

The Secretary of State’s office and state’s county auditors recently completed the posting to the state’s central voter file, which is a record of who has voted in state elections. The process identified nine potential cases of voter fraud out of the 325,862 voters who cast ballots in last November’s election.

The cases have been referred for investigation to the respective state attorneys in the counties where the alleged voter fraud occurred. If prosecuted and convicted, the penalty for voter fraud is a Class A misdemeanor in North Dakota. The offense carries a maximum penalty of a year’s imprisonment and/or a $2,000 fine.

The Rolette County State’s Attorney’s office reported that the investigation is continuing on the case referred to its office. In that case, a voter is reported to have cast an absentee ballot in Ward County and voted on election day in Rolette County.

Other suspected cases of voter fraud include voters who:

– Voted on election day in Burleigh County after voting absentee in Sargent County.

– Voted on election day in Burleigh County after voting absentee in Kidder County.

– Voted in Burleigh County with an absentee ballot using the identity of another voter who voted on election day.

– Voted both by absentee ballot and on election day in Burleigh County.

– Voted on election day in Grand Forks County after voting absentee in Traill County.

– Voted on election day in Richland County after voting absentee in Stutsman County.

– Voted on election day in Richland County after voting absentee in Sargent County.

– Voted both by absentee ballot and on election day in Richland County.

Fire at Garrison elementary school reported

A fire was reported at Bob Callies Elementary in Garrison Wednesday, at 3:49 p.m. McLean County Sheriff’s Office reported that firefighters had rushed to the scene and put out the blaze, the cause of which has not yet been determined. No injuries have been reported, and damage estimates and a statement have yet to be released.

City considers bid on railroad quiet zone

A railroad quiet zone project could be completed in June in southwest Minot if the city decides to accept the low bid.

The Minot City Council’s Public Works and Safety Committee voted Wednesday to recommend the council accept the $247,399 bid of Rolac Contracting of Minot. The bid was more than 45 percent over the engineer’s estimated cost.

The project is eligible for 90 percent funding assistance through the North Dakota Department of Transportation, up to a limit. Due to that limit, the city would pay $76,510, using money from its sales tax-major projects account. The council previously approved $22,477 in construction engineering costs.

The city had bid the project in February but rejected those bids because of the high cost. The new low bid was more than $50,000 lower.

The project involves improvements at Burlington Northern Santa Fe crossings at Maple Street, Fifth Avenue Southwest and Golf Course Drive that will reduce the need for train whistles.

– Jill Schramm