Griggs County Recall Election
COOPERSTOWN - Griggs County voters will decide today whether to recall any or all of their five county commissioners.
The polls are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Griggs County Courthouse in Cooperstown, ND.
The structure is the oldest active county courthouse in the state, according to the North Dakota Historical Society. It's listed on the National Register of Historic places.
But county leaders have argued that the 1884 structure has health and structural issues, including mold that forced the relocation of the county sheriff's office and county social services. Commissioners have said that it's not cost-effective to repair the old courthouse and went to the voters three times over a two-year period seeking approval of a bond issue to build a new courthouse.
Griggs County voters rejected all three attempts and county commissioners moved in the spring of 2013 to construct a $3.5 million courthouse and emergency operations center using their available funding options.
That decision prompted a recall petition drive that led to today's vote.