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Published June 24, 2010, 08:11 AM

Jaeger defends ballot decision in ND PSC race

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger is defending his decision to list a Libertarian candidate for North Dakota's Public Service Commission on the November ballot.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger is defending his decision to list a Libertarian candidate for North Dakota's Public Service Commission on the November ballot.

State law says a statewide candidate needs at least 300 primary election votes to qualify for November. PSC candidate Joshua Voytek of Fargo wasn't on the ballot because his paperwork was misplaced in Jaeger's office.

Jaeger says he talked to lawyers before deciding to list Voytek in November.

The Republican's decision is getting heat from Democratic opponent Corey Mock. Mock says Jaeger doesn't have authority to do what he's doing.

Democratic state senator John Warner is asking for an attorney general's opinion. Warner and Mock are holding a news conference in Minot Thursday afternoon.

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