Election aftermath: Two measures pass and two fail in North Dakota primaries

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June 13, 2012


By Eric Veram


BISMARCK, North Dakota: As results started coming in after the closing of polls across the state, the fate of four measures on the North Dakota ballot became clear. Of the four questions none were particularly close with all passing or failing with at least 60% of the vote.

Measure 1 was the closest of the races and passed with 60.42% of the vote. The measure amends the state constitution with conditions under which a state legislator may hold a state appointed office.

Measure 2, on the other hand, failed by the largest margin and was rejected by 76.49% of voters. This measure would have eliminated property taxes as a source of revenue for local governments.

Measure 3 was defeated with 64.36% of the vote. This measure sought to alter standards by which a person could act or refuse to act in response to a government mandate.

Measure 4 was a veto referendum on a legislative bill that allows the University of North Dakota to retire the "Fighting Sioux" nickname. The referendum passed by 67.65%, meaning the university can retire the nickname.

All precincts have reported numbers. Unofficial results from the North Dakota Secretary of State's website are below.

Measure 1

See also: North Dakota State Office Appointment Amendment, Measure 1 (June 2012)
Measure 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 96,951 60.48%
No63,35039.52%

426 of 426 precincts reporting


Measure 2

See also: North Dakota Property Tax Amendment, Measure 2 (June 2012)
Measure 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No131,90376.54%
Yes 40,438 23.46%

426 of 426 precincts reporting


Measure 3

See also: North Dakota Religious Freedom Amendment, Measure 3 (June 2012)
Measure 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No107,83164.02%
Yes 60,611 35.98%

426 of 426 precincts reporting


Measure 4

See also: North Dakota University "Fighting Sioux" Referendum, Measure 4 (June 2012)
Measure 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 113,865 67.34%
No55,22532.66%

426 of 426 precincts reporting


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