North Dakota Constitution, Main Proposition (1972)

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The North Dakota 1972 Constitution Proposition, also known as Main Proposition, was on the April 28, 1972 ballot in North Dakota as an automatic ballot referral, where it was defeated. The measure would have created an entirely new state constitution by adopting a draft constitution developed thorough constitutional convention.[1]

The revised constitution streamlined the government of North Dakota. This included reducing the number of elected state officials from fourteen to seven, eliminating the office of State Auditor and creating a new position of auditor general in the legislative branch, creating a state ombudsman to deal with citizen complaints against state government, extending the legislative session from 60 to 80 days and creating an independent commission consisting of district judges to determine legislative apportionment.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Main Proposition (1972)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No107,64362.69%
Yes 64,073 37.31%

Election results via: Legislative Manual, Official Vote of North Dakota Special Election, 1972

Similar measures

See also:North Dakota Constitutional Convention Referendum, Amendment 2 (1970)

The constitutional convention that created this draft of a new state constitution was called for in 1970 by a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.Voters were given the opportunity to vote on four special propositions apart from the vote on the new constitution on the April 28, 1972 ballot. The four propositions were voted on individually and could become part of the constitution only if the proposition was approved and the new constitution adopted by the voters. Since the new constitution was not approved, the approval or defeated of these measures became moot.[2] The four propositions included the following:

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