WILLISTON, N.D. (KFGO) – Unofficial results indicate the vote by Williston residents in Tuesday’s special election to repeal the long-standing ordinance banning pit bulls will remain in place.
There were 554 yes votes and 518 no votes. However, the ballot question needed a 50-percent majority to repeal the ordinance and the yes vote was 36 votes short.
Jyl Albertson sought to end the ban and organized a petition drive and collected the required number of signatures to qualify it for the ballot.
She said during Tuesday’s voting, there was some confusion and misunderstandings that should be examined and she plans to discuss it with her attorney. Albertson also said she will wait to see if there are any changes in the voting when canvassed next week.
Mayor Howard Klug said the vote was close and controversial but he said the city commission stands by their decision to rather be “safe than sorry,” and make sure there’s education behind the pit bull breed.