North Dakota Governor

Employer / Organization

North Dakota

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Apr 04, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020


The Governor of North Dakota serves as the highest ranking state executive in North Dakota. Primary responsibilities of this position include: serving as commander-in-chief of the state military, submitting an annual budget to the legislature, making appointments, granting reprieves and pardons (with certain exclusions), and vetoing or signing bills into law. The governor is also the chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. It should be noted that the Governor of North Dakota also has line-item veto power when the bill proposed concerns appropriations. A line-item veto is also referred to as a partial veto, and pronounces the ability of the governor (in specified appropriation situations) to reverse or cancel specific provisions of a bill without needing to veto the entire legislative proposal. The Governor of North Dakota serves a four-year term with no limit on the number of terms served. The annual salary of this position is estimated at $116,999.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the North Dakota Secretary of State Division of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including: certification of nomination, affidavit of candidacy, nominating petitions if you are running as an independent and the appropriate campaign finance forms. File these papers with the appropriate filing officer. If you plan to run for a partisan position please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to the North Dakota Secretary of State Division of Elections. The amount of signatures varies by office. The filing deadline for independent candidates is the 64th day before the general election in November (if the 64th day before the general election falls on Labor Day, the deadline will be the following business day). Candidates may not circulate petitions earlier than 150 days from when they are due. The North Dakota Secretary of State Division of Elections is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Division of Elections can be reached at (701) 328-4146. Additionally, the North Dakota Elections Calendar can be found here:

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