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Published March 28, 2011, 03:19 PM

ND Senate Defeats Demand for More Voting Precincts

North Dakota's Senate has turned down a proposal to require cities of more than 1,000 people to have a polling place open on Election Day.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has turned down a proposal to require cities of more than 1,000 people to have a polling place open on Election Day.

Bismarck Sen. Dick Dever says the mandate would apply to only a few cities. He says county officials are better equipped to make the decision about whether a voting place is needed.

The bill was introduced because many North Dakota counties now conduct their elections mostly by mail.

On Election Day, there is only one precinct open in the county for walk-up voting. It is usually at the county courthouse. Supporters of the bill say it would have made traditional Election Day voting more convenient.

Senators defeated the bill 46-1 on Monday.

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