Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Was Risovi Wrong... AGAIN?


In the face of possible election violations, Interim Auditor Risovi stated that the Canvassing Board did everything legally when accepting two absentee votes that lacked a signature on the application. According to Risovi, there was no violation of election laws in counting those ballots.

She continued to espouse that position even when Secretary of State Jaeger sent her a letter telling her that she "must" reconvene the Canvassing Board.

What puzzles this writer is that after the letter from Secretary of State was received by Risovi, she still defiantly stated that she wasn't going to reconvene the Canvassing Board.

Now, why the sudden change in her position?

You see, Risovi reconvened the Foster County Canvassing Board today, July 15th at 1:00 p.m. to vote on whether they should reconvene later to take another look at the absentee ballots in question - the ballots that the Election Board said were invalid.

You will see in the video taken at the Canvassing Board Meeting today that Royce Topp, Carol Rosenau, and Lanelle Hoppe voted YES to reconvene the Canvassing Board.

Please note in the video that Chairman Straley abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. Why didn't he do that at the first Canvassing Board meeting? Also, notice how Risovi declines to vote in face of a majority against her advocacy. If her position were founded on principle, integrity, and legality, why didn't she vote NO just to be on what she thought was the right side of the law?

Let's not forget that Auditor Teresa Dietrich Risovi is the one and only person, by the constitution of the state of North Dakota, who is in charge of our county election process. If the recent Foster County Primary Election is indicative of what little she knows about her duties as Auditor, we all need to take careful watch of her actions before her term ends.

Who knows what she will do next!

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