North Dakota State-Operated Lottery Initiative, Measure 3 (1988)

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The North Dakota State-Operated Lottery Initiative, also known as Measure 3, was on the June 14, 1988 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1][2] The measure would have empowered the legislative assembly to establish a state-operated lottery, the net proceeds of which would have gone into the general fund. The lottery could have been either operated separately by the state or jointly or in cooperation with one or more other states.[3]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 3 (1988)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No61,33158.25%
Yes 43,951 41.75%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of Primary Election, 1988

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 25

Constitutional changes

The proposed measure would have removed the following crossed out text and added the underlined text to amend Section 25 of Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution to read as follows:[3]

An initiated measure for the amendment of Section 25 of Article XI of the Constitution of North Dakota, relating to a state-operated lottery.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF NORTH DAKOTA:

Section 25. The legislative assembly shall not authorize any game of chance, lottery, or gift enterprises, under any pretense, or for any purpose whatever. However, the legislative assembly may authorize by law bona fide nonprofit veterans', charitable, educational, religious, or fraternal organizations, civic and service clubs, or such other public-spirited organizations as it may recognize, to conduct games of chance when the entire net proceeds of such games of chance are to be devoted to educational, charitable, patriotic, fraternal, religious, or other public-spirited uses. The legislative assembly shall establish a state operated lottery, the net proceeds of which shall go to the general fund. The lottery may be either operated separately by this state or jointly or in cooperation with one or more other states.[4]

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