Vote: March 1st Election Details & Absentee Ballot Information

March 1st Minot citizens will be asked if they want to amend Minot’s Home Rule Charter. The amendments were proposed in response to the petition filed by #MakeMinot to reform the makeup of City Council.

Voting will take place March 1st at the Municipal Auditorium; polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Absentee Ballot Information

Those not able to vote during election day may request an absentee ballot. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Download, print, complete, and sign the absentee ballot application. Follow this link to download.
  2. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, February 23rd.
  3. FAX or mail your application to the City Auditor.
    1. FAX: (701) 857-4782
    2. Adress:  City of Minot Auditor, P.O. Box 5006, Minot, North Dakota 58702
  4. The completed absentee ballot must be returned to the Auditors office or postmarked no later than Monday, February 29th.

The Questions

The March 1st election is about giving ourselves legal permission to make the proposed changes to Minot’s City Council. If you want the opportunity to vote on the proposed City Council reform changes in June, you must vote ‘Yes’ on both questions. If you want Minot’s Home Rule Charter to stay as it is, you should vote ‘No’ on both issues.

The full ballot language is copied below. New content is underlined.

—— Question No. 1. ——

 Shall the Home Rule Charter of the City of Minot Article 3, Powers of the City, subpart (d) be amended to read as follows?

(d)       To provide for city officers, agencies, and employees, their selection, terms, powers, qualifications, and compensation. To provide for change, selection, or creation of its form and structure of government, including its governing body, executive officer, and city officers.

  YES – Means you approve the amendment as summarized above.

  NO – Means you reject the amendment as summarized above.

  —— Question No. 2. ——

 Shall the Home Rule Charter of the City of Minot Article 8, Changing the Form of Government be repealed and reenacted to read as follows?

Changes in the form of government may be proposed on motion of the governing body or may be proposed by petitions bearing the signatures of qualified voters of the city equal to at least fifteen (15) percent of the total votes cast in the city at the most recent presidential election. Proposals shall be voted upon within 120 days after the motion of the governing board or the determination of sufficiency of the petitions by the City Clerk. If no regular city election is held within said time period, the governing body shall provide for a special election, otherwise the vote shall be taken at such regular election. The form and procedures concerning any petition hereunder shall be, in all respects, in accordance with the provisions for initiative as set forth in Article 4 herein.

YES – Means you approve the amendment as summarized above

NO– Means you reject the amendment as summarized above.

Josh Wolsky

Editor and Publisher of TheMinotVoice, Developer of the #ForMinot Network,  Co-Host of #GoodTalk Minot, Advocate and Friend of the Souris River, Former City Alderman, and clearly -- all things #MakeMinot. Go ahead, don't wait for permission!

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