Eight current North Dakota State University football players and one former player are among 11 people expected to be charged with voter fraud tied to two attempts to place measures on this fall’s general election ballot. Backers of the measures pulled from the ballot expressed sadness Tuesday. “We’re extremely disappointed that this alleged fraud occurred. We had no desires to be on the ballot in any other than a pure and honest way,” said Stephen Adair, chairman of the committee backing a constitutional initiative that, had it passed, would have created a land and water conservation fund.
Steven Zaiser, chairman of the committee behind an initiative relating to legalizing marijuana for medical use, said Tuesday that he was still looking into details of the allegations and could not comment at length regarding them. However, Zaiser said he was disappointed that an effort more than two years in the making and which he said sought to provide relief to chronic pain sufferers had apparently gone up in flames.
Four of the eight suspects in the voter fraud case who are Bison players are starters on the defending national championship football team. In a news conference Tuesday, NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said all eight will have their day in court. No suspensions were handed out Tuesday.