2020 Voter Guide
We have some important decisions that will be decided in November. Along with a President, North Dakotans will be selecting representation in Washington, statewide officials, legislators, and deciding on two initiated measures along with local elections. These decisions will continue to shape and carve the path for our state.
This electronic voting guide provides insight on issues at the state level as well as resources that voters can utilize to ensure that you make your voice heard.
With elections approaching in November, GNDC has put together a series of videos, or Ballot Briefs.
Created for statewide races, Ballot Briefs provide insight to voters on candidate perspectives and their understanding of current or potential issues to the business community or business climate. Each candidate provided a two-minute response to one question: "What key issue is facing North Dakota businesses and in your position how would you plan to address this?"
Public Service Commissioner
State School Superintendent
Measure 1: Adjustments to the State Board of Higher Education
- Increases the state board of higher education from eight members to fifteen.
- Would disallow state elected officials, state employees and those employed by the University System from serving on the Board
- Extends the term of appointment from four years to six years.
- Replaces the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court seat on the Board Nominating Committee with the Secretary of State.
GNDC's position: Neutral
Measure 2: Constitutional Ballot Measure Reform
- Only Applies to Constitutional Measures
- Process Change
- The process of getting a constitutional measure on the ballot will not change.
- If an initiated constitutional initiated measure is passed by the voters, the measure would go to the legislature for public hearing and a vote by the legislature.
- If approved by both bodies of the state legislature, the constitutional amendment is enacted.
- If denied by the legislature, the constitutional measure goes back on the ballot for another vote by the people.
- If passed the second time by the people, the constitutional amendment is enacted.
- Other changes
- Constitutional measures can only be placed on the General Election ballot
- The legislature cannot amend the constitutional measure as it was voted on and approved.
GNDC's position: Neutral
In an effort to increase awareness on voting options for the upcoming general election in November, GNDC is partnering with the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office to provide voters with educational materials and resources. This year, North Dakotans have many opportunities to engage in the voting process. Citizens can early vote, vote by mail, or vote on election day. Information on each of these methods is available at the Secretary of State’s election website, Vote.ND.Gov.
GNDC urges business leaders to:
- Verify personal voting information online
- Distribute voting option information to employees
- Create a plan for their ballot and prompt employees to do the same
- Encourage voting participation by allowing time or incentives to participate in this year’s election