Bismarck, ND (KEYZ) Agents from North Dakota’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been called in to help verify the validity of signatures on a petition to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary. City administrator Kenneth Henke tells news radio, when the subject of the petition is not a city employee, this would normally be done by the city’s police force. “Given the situation involves the Mayor, the Mayor is an employee of the city, there’d be a great conflict if we had our own employees investigating the Mayor, so we did confer with the Secretary of State’s office, and they shared with us what they do,” says Henke.
Apparently, some of the signature checkers have been complaining about discrepancies with some of the petitions “that may involve fraudulent activity.” And the job is enormous to boot!
“We have a lot of addresses from multi-family complexes, many others from manufactured home parks, so it takes us extra effort to drill down into our property records and other informational data bases we have to determine in fact if those signatures or signers are valid voters and residents of Bismarck,” he says.
The petition came after critics accused the mayor of welcoming Dakota Access pipeline protesters to Bismarck. The petition, which originally had about 2,500 names on it, needs 1,898 valid signatures to trigger a recall election.