North Dakota Rules for Appointing Supreme Court Justices, Measure 2 (1990)

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The North Dakota Judicial Vacancies Referendum, also known as Measure 2, was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have had a person appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy on the North Dakota Supreme Court or District Court serve until the next general election. However, if the next general election occurs within one year after the appointment, the appointment would have continued until the following general election.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 2 (1990)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No118,16455.01%
Yes 96,635 44.99%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of General Election, 1990

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article VI

Constitutional changes

The measure would have made the following changes to Section 13 of Article VI of the North Dakota Constitution, with the crossed out text removed and the underlined text added:

Section 13. A judicial nominating committee shall be established by law. Any vacancy in the office of supreme court justice or district court judge shall be filled by appointment by the governor from a list of candidates nominated by the committee, unless the governor calls a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. An appointment shall continue until the next general election, when the office shall be filled by election for the remainder of the term continues until the next general election, unless the next general election occurs within one year after the appointment, in which case the appointment continues until the following general election.

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