Supreme Court Ruling Leads To Dilemma After Dead Man’s Election Victory

The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Gov. Doug Burgum (R), saying he does not have the authority to fill the state House seat won by the late David Andahl (R).

The court ruled in a unanimous decision Thursday that Burgum “does not have the statutory or constitutional authority to make an appointment to fill the vacancy in this case,” deferring authority to the District 8 Republican Executive Committee, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Andahl, 55, died on Oct. 5 from complications related to COVID-19, but his name remained on the ballot as early voting had commenced weeks before his death. He won the election with 35 percent of the vote.

Burgum had previously appointed Wade Boeshans, a coal executive, to take the seat.

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