Peter Welte, Grand Forks County state's attorney, said he is otherwise "reserving all comment on this until we get all the facts.
The investigation includes the involvement of Tyrone Grandstrand, a candidate for Grand Forks mayor Forrks the June 12 election. The promotion by Gilly's Bar and Grill, a popular bar for young adults, awarded customers with a free drink if they displayed an "I voted" sticker. On Friday, Gilly's provided bus transportation from the UND campus to the county office building downtown, where absentee hot or not Grand Forks ky is available.
Hor Nelson, county auditor, said her staff counted 35 people who arrived on the bus, which Gilly's had rented for the weekend for Springfest. Grandstrand posted details of the promotion on his Facebook page, and brought "I voted" stickers to the county office building the Friday before Springfest.
Welte said it's not illegal for a person or business to provide transportation to the polls or reward the act of voting.
Starbucks, for instance, has given free coffee to voters.
But it is illegal for candidates to provide transportation or beer in exchange for a favorable vote. Josh Gilleland, owner of Gilly's, acknowledged that he is a casual friend of Grandstrand.
But he denied that the promotion was designed to solicit votes for Grandstrand in his contest against incumbent Mayor Mike Brown. He said he is careful because his hot or not Grand Forks ky is reliant on getting a liquor license from the city. He said the original idea was for several downtown businesses to provide incentives to students to vote, but that fizzled.
Gilleland said that the flyers he distributed on campus about the voting bus touted the measure on the Fighting Sioux nt as a hot or not Grand Forks ky to vote. Fotks said his flyers did not take a position on the nickname "because I don't want to offend any customer. He said many students don't realize they can vote in Grand Forks. Grandstrand said UND student government provided buses for students to vote early at the Alerus Center inwhen he was the student body president.
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