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Title: Burke County Re-districting Records

Dates: 1920-1923

Collection Number: MSS 11054

Quantity: .25 feet

Abstract: Consists of a court case transcription, re-districting board minutes, county plat maps showing number of voters before and after re-districting, an abstract of votes cast at the General election, Burke County, ND, November 2, 1920, and 33 petitions for re-districting.

Provenance: The records were removed from the Burke County Clerk of Court, Civil Case Files (Series 41299). The collection was processed and the finding aid created by Emily J. Ergen in December 2009.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

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INTRODUCTION

A re-districting board comprised of C. J. Kopriva, County Auditor, J. L. Finke, County Judge, and C. B. Stitt, Clerk of Court, met on October 3, 1922 to act on a petition filed with the County Auditor on September 27, 1922, suggesting that the County Commissioners districts be re-districted so that the Commissioners Districts in Burke County become reasonably equal according to population. The petition was signed by more than ¼ of the legal voters, 795 persons, in Burke County. This decision would affect the election of the next member of congress. The board resolved that Richland Township be included in the second Commissioners district (rather than the first), that Dimond and Vanville Townships be included in the first district, and that the third commissioners’ district remain unchanged.

On October 17, 1922, a hearing was held at Minot, ND, before Honorable John C. Lowe in the case of the State of North Dakota on behalf of H. A. Kirkelie vs. C. J. Kopriva, County Auditor, J. L. Kinke, County Judge, and C. B. Stitt, Clerk of the District court, constituting the redistricting board of Burke County, January 19, 1923. H. A. Kirkelie alleged that the re-districting resulted in the loss of his city commission position.

BOX AND FOLDER INVENTORY

BOX 1

1 Court case transcription - The State of North Dakota on behalf of H. A. Kirkelie vs. C.J.
Kopriva, County Auditor, J. L. Kinke, County Judge, and C. B. Stitt, Clerk of the District court, constituting the redistricting board of Burke County, 1922-1923

2 Re-districting board minutes, October 3, 1922

3 Before and after re-districting county plat maps

4 Abstract of votes cast at the General election, Burke County, N.D., November 2, 1920

5 Petitions for re-districting, 1922

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