North Dakota Poll Tax Amendment, Measure 1 (2012)
|Poll Tax Amendment|
|Constitution:||Article X, Section 6|
|Referred by:||North Dakota Legislature|
|Topic:||Administration of government|
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|North Dakota Measure 1|
Officials results obtained from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The official ballot text read as follows:
Constitutional Measure No. 1
(Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4006, 2011 Session Laws, Ch. 520)
This constitutional measure repealed section 6 of Article X of the North Dakota Constitution. This measure eliminated the authority of the legislative assembly to levy an annual poll tax.
YES — means you approve the measure summarized above.NO — means you reject the measure summarized above.
Article X, Section 6 reads:
| Text of Section 6:
The legislative assembly may provide for the levy, collection and disposition of an annual poll tax of not more than one dollar and fifty cents on every male inhabitant of this state over twenty-one and under fifty years of age, except paupers, idiots, insane persons and Indians not taxed.
No formal support was identified.
No formal opposition was identified.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution
The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:
|Approval||Jan. 21, 2011||The North Dakota Senate voted 46-0 to approve putting an amendment on the ballot.|
|Final Approval||Apr. 4, 2011||The House voted 92-0 in approval of referring the proposal.|
Voters in New Mexico removed a reference to "idiots" from their state constitution with the passage of 2010's Amendment 3, while voters in the State of Washington did the same thing in 1988, with the enactment of Amendment 83. In 2008, voters in Arkansas took out language in their constitution that referred to "idiots" and "insane persons" with the enactment of Amendment 1.
- North Dakota legislators unanimously refer measure to remove poll tax and 'paupers, idiots'
- North Dakota lawmakers advance measure to remove poll tax and 'paupers, idiots'
- Associated Press, "N.D. amendment would take out 'paupers,' 'idiots'," January 21, 2011
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Ballot measure 4," accessed September 19, 2012
- North Dakota Legislature, "SCR 4006 full text," accessed April 5, 2011
- Associated Press, "ND aims to scrub constitution of 'paupers, idiots'," January 21, 2011
- Associated Press, "Amendment to remove 'idiots, insane' language headed for 2012 ballot," April 4, 2011