North Dakota United States Constitutional Convention, Measure 6 (1996)

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The North Dakota United States Constitutional Convention Initiative, also known as Measure 6, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have called for a national constitutional convention to set term limits on members of the U.S. Congress.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 6 (1996)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No132,34855.56%
Yes 105,878 44.44%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of General Election, 1996

Text of measure

The measure would have allowed the people of North Dakota to act as the legislature for the sole purpose of applying to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention according to Article V of the United States Constitution. The application would have requested that the constitutional convention consider a constitutional amendment limiting members of the United States House of Representatives to serve three terms and members of the United States Senate to serve two terms. Representatives serving at the time of ratification of the constitutional amendment would have been limited to two additional terms and senators to one additional term.[2]

The measure also would have designated the North Dakota Supreme Court as having original and exclusive jurisdiction over any challenges to this initiative. This measure would have further provided that the North Dakota Supreme Court would have no jurisdiction to determine whether the measure conflicts with the Constitution of North Dakota.[2]

Similar measures

Another initiated constitutional amendment on the same ballot similarly called for congressional term limit changes through constitutional convention, as well as further changes to state ballots and state legislative and executive branch term limits. This measure also was defeated.

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