North Dakota Election of County Officials, Measure 2 (1998)

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The North Dakota Election of County Officials Initiative, also known as Measure 2, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1][2] The measure required elected county officers be elected in the jurisdiction they serve, candidates for elective county office be residents at the time of election and sheriffs to be elected.[3]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 2 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 166,708 82.66%
No34,96117.34%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of General Election, 1998

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article VII, Section 8

Summary

This initiated measure amended the constitution to require elected county officers to be elected by the voters in the jurisdiction they will serve. It also required candidates for elective county office to be residents at the time of election and that sheriffs be elected.[4]

Constitutional changes

The measure made the following changes to Section 8 of Article VII of the North Dakota Constitution, with the crossed out text being removed and the underlined text being added:[3]

Section 8. Each county shall provide for law enforcement, administrative and fiscal services, recording and registration services, educational services, and any other governmental services or functions as may be provided by law. Any elective county office provided for by the counties shall be for a term of four years. Elective officers shall be elected by the electors in the jurisdiction in which the elected officer is to serve. A candidate for election must be a resident in the jurisdiction in which they are to serve at the time of the election. The office of sheriff shall be elected.

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