North Dakota Constitutional Initiative Referendum (1914)
The North Dakota Constitutional Initiative Referendum was on the November 3, 1914 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure created the initiative process for constitutional amendments in North Dakota. Prior to its passage, North Dakota lacked a process for initiated constitutional amendments.
|North Dakota Referendum (1914)|
Election results via: Legislative Manual, Official vote of North Dakota, 1914
Text of measure
The measure created the process of initiated constitutional amendments for North Dakota. The process was quite cumbersome. Petitions for an amendment had to be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State six months before the election. The signature requirement was at least 25 percent of the legal voters in at least half of the counties of the state.
If the voters approved the amendment, it would be referred to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. If the assembly approved the measure, it would become part of the North Dakota Constitution. If not, it would be returned to the next election ballot. If the voters approved it again, it would become a part of the constitution.
In 1918, this process was simplified 1918 to requiring 20,000 signatures to be filed 120 days before the election. It also changed the requirement to only voter approval, without a second legislative approval.
- North Dakota 1914 ballot measures
- 1914 ballot measures
- List of North Dakota ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in North Dakota
- North Dakota Secretary of State, Archived Election Results
- Initiative & Referendum Institute page on North Dakota
- Legislative Manual, Official vote of North Dakota, 1914," accessed February 28, 2014 (dead link)
- Initiative & Referendum Institute, "North Dakota," accessed February 28, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State Voter Information Portal, "History of Initiative and Referendum in North Dakota," accessed February 28, 2014
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