Bill On Filling Offices Won By Dead People Passes Legislature, Goes To Governor

(Bismarck, ND) -- A bill that determines how to fill an office won by a dead person has passed the North Dakota Legislature and is headed to Governor Doug Burgum's desk.  The bill resulted from an election for a Bismarck-area state House seat last fall, which 55-year-old David Andahl had won despite the fact he died in October from COVID-19.  Under the bill the Legislature passed, the process for filling a seat won by a dead person will be the same as for filling an office vacancy of someone who dies in office.  With that, the district parties will name a successor.