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2023 Legislative Wrap-up

Our Priorities

Our top priority for the 2023 North Dakota legislative session was protecting the right to vote to ensure our elections remain fair and accessible for all eligible North Dakota voters.

 

We tracked 39 election-related bills and provided testimony on 8 of the bills. Public education was our secondary focus, which we did through social media and YouTube videos on the legislative process.

2023 Voting + Election Bills

There were a handful of good election bills that passed this session including a bill to require school board candidates to file a campaign finance report, protections for poll workers, and a bill to require candidates to file for candidacy with an email address - yay, transparency!

 

A few bills that we opposed that passed both chambers:

#1. Proof of citizenship to vote. Our major focus in the second chamber was a bill that targeted naturalized new Americans to prove their citizenship to vote. It was signed into law, so we will work with new American leaders on voter education.

#2. Citizen-initiated ballot measures. A resolution passed that restricts the citizen-initiated ballot measure process. This will be placed on the ballot in 2024 for citizens to decide if it should be in our state constitution. 

#3. Ranked choice and approval voting. A bill to ban ranked choice and approval voting was vetoed by the Governor, and the Senate sustained the veto. It will not become law!

Most bad election bills failed. This session we saw bills to get rid of mail-in voting, limit ballot drop boxes, and limit vote centers. They all failed to pass largely due to the educational work of the North Dakota Association of Counties, which represents our county auditors who run our elections.  We prioritized opposing a bill that would require all voters to provide proof of citizenship to vote, and thankfully, it failed. Read our testimony to learn more.

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Click here for an overview of the 2023 election bills

LWVND 2023 Legislative Session Impact Report

Click the graphic to see our impact in the 2023 session

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