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Recount dates set for North Dakota Libertarian secretary of state candidate

Roland Riemers represented himself in front of the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck asking the court for a recount of his votes in the primary. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — North Dakota election officials will start recounting primary election ballots next week after the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state failed to garner enough votes to advance his campaign to November.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in an email Thursday, Aug. 16, the recount for Roland Riemers will start Aug. 24, a Friday, before continuing on Aug. 27-29.

"The dates were chosen to accommodate (Riemers') schedule and to provide counties the flexibility in scheduling their recount election boards," Jaeger wrote. "After the county recount process is complete, the State Canvassing Board will reconvene to certify the statewide result of the recount that was conducted in the state's 53 counties."

The recount was ordered by the North Dakota Supreme Court earlier this month. Riemers fell 53 votes shy of the 300 he needed to receive his party's nomination during the June primary.

Officials are working against a Sept. 12 deadline to certify candidates' names and addresses to county auditors.

Jaeger, a Republican, is mounting an independent campaign for the seat he's held since 1993 because the GOP-endorsed candidate dropped out. Another man, Michael Coachman, submitted signatures to run as an independent this week.

Democratic state Rep. Joshua Boschee of Fargo is his party's candidate for the office.

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