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2012 Ballot Measure Election Results: North Dakota

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November 6, 2012

Edited by Kristen Horn

BISMARCK, North Dakota: North Dakota’s Measure 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 were on the North Dakota 2012 ballot on November 6, with voters casting their decisions on the issues.

Out of the 5 measures on the ballot, four were approved, and one was defeated.

Below is a breakdown of each measure:

Measure 1

Measure 1, the North Dakota Poll Tax Amendment, appeared on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in North Dakota to address authority of poll tax and language in the state constitution.

This legislatively-referred constitutional amendment proposed to revoke the authority for the poll tax and remove language referring to 'paupers, idiots' from the state constitution. The amendment refers to the section the state constitution that regulates taxation and public debt.

According to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s website this measure has been approved in the November 6, 2012 elections with 71.41% voting yes and 28.59% voting no.

Measure 2

Measure 2, the North Dakota Oaths of Office Amendment, appeared on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in North Dakota to address oath of office.

North Dakota currently does not require an oath of office to be taken by executive officials, therefore this legislatively-referred constitutional amendment proposed to require the governor and other executive officials to take an oath of office.

According to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s website this measure has been approved in the November 6, 2012 elections with 88.74% voting yes and 11.26% voting no.

Measure 3

Measure 3, the North Dakota Farming and Ranching Amendment appeared on the 2012 ballot in North Dakota to address agricultural technology practices and production.

This initiated constitutional amendment proposed to block any law "which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices."

According to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s website this measure has been approved in the November 6, 2012 elections with 66.90% voting yes and 33.10% voting no.

Measure 4

Measure 4, the North Dakota Smoking Ban Initiative appeared on the 2012 ballot in North Dakota to address smoking bans.

This initiated state statute proposed to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces.

According to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s website this measure has been approved in the November 6, 2012 elections with 66.66% voting yes and 33.34% voting no.

Measure 5

Measure 5, the North Dakota Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative, appeared on the 2012 ballot in North Dakota to address animal cruelty.

This initiated state statute proposes to decree a class C felony for an individual that maliciously harms a living dog, cat or horse. Exemptions from this law include agricultural workers, veterinarians, scientific researchers, and hunters.

According to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s website this measure has been defeated in the November 6, 2012, elections with 34.60% voting yes and 65.40% voting no.

Stay tuned for more developments on Ballotpedia's Ballotpedia's page for North Dakota 2012 ballot measures.

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