April 11, 2014
Anyone familiar with the operation of the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office will not be surprised by the glowing report about the state’s election system from the respected Pew Charitable Trusts. For the third time, North Dakota ranked first (this time for the 2012 election) in Pew’s Elections Performance Index, which looks at 17 indicators of election efficiency and voter access. Minnesota and Wisconsin elections ranked second and third.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger runs a good shop. Elections are the primary focus of his office, and throughout his tenure, he and his veteran staff have made steady improvements for the benefit of voters and local election officials. The process in North Dakota is recognized as the most voter-friendly in the nation. Consistently high voter turnout is one result. Another is timely adoption of new technology. Yet another is an almost non-existent level of voter fraud.
April 10, 2014
One of the most popular books in North Dakota celebrates its 30th anniversary. The North Dakota Blue Book is full of all kinds of information on the Peace Garden State. This edition wouldn’t have been possible without the help of 50 volunteers who helped write and contribute to the book. And one of the best things for Secretary of State Al Jaeger is the book is also offered online.