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May 30, 2012

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARK, North Dakota:
The North Dakota primary is less than a month away. Voters will be deciding several state offices as well as four statewide ballot measures.

According to reports, the average voter turnout is about 21 percent for primaries and 60 percent for general elections. However, state officials indicate that the 2012 primary may surpass 1992's record of 32 percent. Referring to the four state measures on the ballot, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said, "Number two, three and four will probably generate their own specific constituents that are interested."[1]

Only one legislatively-referred constitutional amendment is scheduled to appear on the ballot, the remaining three measures are citizen initiatives. Two are initiated constitutional amendments and one is a veto referendum. Click on each link below to learn more about each measure.

June 12:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of gov't Would allow legislators to be appointed to full-time appointive state office
CICA Measure 2 Taxes Eliminates property taxes as a source of state revenue
CICA Measure 3 Religion Prohibits gov't from burdening person or organization from religious liberty
VR Measure 4 Motto and symbols Repeals the North Dakota Legislature's decision to allow UND to drop the Fighting Sioux nickname.

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