BISMARCK, N.D. — A group seeking to raise North Dakota’s minimum wage to $15 can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of the petition on Wednesday. Supporters need to gather and submit at least 13,452 valid signatures by July 9 to get a proposed measure on November ballot.

Scott Nodland of Bismarck is chairman of the petition’s sponsoring committee. He has said that people are living at poverty level if they are paid the state’s current $7.25 minimum wage.