North Dakota State Legislative Term Limits and Ballot Instruction Measure, Measure 5 (1996)

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The North Dakota State Legislative Term Limits and Ballot Instruction Initiative, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1][2] The measure would have proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution limiting the terms of members of the United States House of Representatives to three terms and terms of members of the United States Senate to two terms. It also would have set new term limits for the legislative and executive branches of state government.[3]

Election results

North Dakota Measure 5 (1996)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No129,18752.64%
Yes 116,241 47.36%

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

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Summary

The measure would have proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution limiting the terms of members of the United States House of Representatives to three terms and terms of members of the United States Senate to two terms. The measure would have instructed the North Dakota congressional delegation to work for the passage of this congressional term limit amendment. It would have also required election ballots to display the words "DISREGARDED VOTER INSTRUCTION ON TERM LIMITS." for each incumbent congressional candidate who did not support the congressional term limit amendment, as determined by the Secretary of State. It would also require election ballots to display the words "DECLINED TO PLEDGE TO SUPPORT TERM LIMITS." for each non-incumbent candidate declining to sign a term limits pledge, as determined by the Secretary of State.[3]

Additionally, the measure would have established the following term limits for the legislative and executive branches of state government:[3]

  • For legislative offices with a two-year term, the limit would have been three terms
  • For legislative offices with a four-year term, the limit would have been two terms
  • For executive branch offices with terms of more than four years, the limit would be one term
  • For executive branch offices with terms of not more than four years, the limit would be two terms

Service in another office established in Article V of the North Dakota Constitution would not disqualify a person from serving in another such office. Any office which was an elective office on January 1, 1996, such as the Commissioner of Labor, would remain elective except by a further amendment voted upon after December 31, 1996.[3]

Similar measures

Another initiated constitutional amendment on the same ballot called for a national constitutional convention to make the same changes to congressional term limits called for by this measure, but it also was defeated.

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