North Dakota Voters First (NDVF) is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening democracy by engaging citizens to help make elections and public policy more transparent, ethical, and accountable to the people.
We’re currently working to ensure that the 2021 legislative districting process is fair and has plenty of input from voters. This summer and fall, a committee of legislators will utilize 2020 U.S. Census data to redraw North Dakota’s legislative lines. By being at their meetings in person or virtually, we can encourage them to make decisions that respect existing city, county, reservation, and school boundaries, and keep communities of interest together. After a special legislative session in December to approve the committee’s recommended map, the new districts take effect from 2022 through 2031. We’re encouraging North Dakotans to get involved with the districting process. Please sign up for our districting updates by clicking the “Get News” button on our website. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
NDVF is also leading the charge against another power grab by the big special interests that already run North Dakota. Bosses from the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, big banks and the fossil fuels industry are currently circulating a petition for an initiated measure that would allow just 40 percent of voters to reject measures that thousands of citizens signed. Their attempt is harmful to voters and to the people-powered initiated measure process.
Additionally, NDVF played a key role in fighting attempts during the 2021 North Dakota legislative session to put more roadblocks in the way of voters. There were nearly a dozen extreme voter-related bills introduced during the session that attacked voting rights. And, thankfully, all of those bills were defeated.
In the 2020 election cycle, NDVF led an effort to strengthen elections and put the power back in the hands of North Dakota voters. The organization developed a ballot measure for the 2020 election based in part on public opinion research showing that North Dakotans strongly favored empowering voters in all aspects of the election process. Changes were needed to offset the increasing influence of wealthy special interests on public policy and to beat back frequent attacks on the right of citizens to initiate ballot measures. In late August 2020, an unaccountable alliance of business and political bosses sued two state officials for allegedly mishandling their approval for the NDVF ballot measure to appear on the November 2020 ballot. The state Supreme Court concurred, and, therefore, the measure was not allowed on the ballot.