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North Dakota Executive Branch Officer Election, Measure 2 (2000)

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The North Dakota Executive Branch Officer Election Referendum, also known as Measure 2, was on the June 13, 2000 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure provided for one-half of the elected state officials to be chosen by voters in each election year. To start this arrangement, the agriculture commissioner, attorney general, secretary of state and tax commissioner were to be elected for two-year terms in 2004, and thereafter would be elected to four-year terms.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 2 (2000)
Approveda Yes 49,391 61.88%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of Primary Election, 2000

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 5

Constitutional changes

The measure created the following changes to Section 5 of Article V of the North Dakota Constitution, with the underlined text being added:[2]

Section 5. The qualified electors shall choose the elected state officials at a time designated by the legislative assembly. The elected state officials shall serve until their successors are duly qualified. Terms of office of the elected officials except the public service commissioners are four years, except that in 2004 the agriculture commissioner, attorney general, secretary of state, and tax commissioner are elected to a term of two years. The terms of the public service commissioners are six years, so arranged that one of them is elected every two years. The terms of the governor and lieutenant governor begin on December fifteenth following their election.

If two or more candidates for any executive office other than for governor and lieutenant governor receive an equal and highest number of votes, the legislative assembly in joint session shall choose one of them for the office.

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