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North Dakota State Militia, Constitutional Measure 1 (2006)

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The North Dakota State Militia Referendum, also known as Constitutional Measure 1, was on the June 13, 2006 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure removed obsolete age and gender references related to the state’s reserve militia and designate the state’s national guard as the active militia. The measure amended Section 16 of Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Constitutional Measure 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 72,581 73.36%
No26,35326.64%

Election results via: [North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of Primary Election, 2006

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 16

Ballot title

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE NO. 1
(Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4012, 2005 Session Laws, Ch. 622)

This constitutional measure would amend section 16 of Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution.

This measure would remove obsolete age and gender references related to the state’s reserve militia and designate the state’s national guard as the active militia.

YES – This means you approve the measure as summarized above.

NO – This means you reject the measure as summarized above.

Constitutional changes

The measure amended Section 16 of Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution to read as follows with the crossed out text being removed and the underline text being added:[4]

Section 16. The reserve militia of this state shall consist consists of all able-bodied male persons individuals eighteen years of age and older residing in the state, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such as may be unless exempted by the laws of the United States or of this state. Persons The active militia is the national guard of this state and consists of individuals who volunteer and are accepted unless exempted by the laws of the United States or of this state. An individual whose religious tenets or conscientious scruples forbid them that individual to bear arms shall may not be compelled to do so in times of peace, but that individual shall pay an equivalent for a personal service.

Path to the ballot

Constitutional Measure 1 was placed on the ballot by action of the 2005 North Dakota Legislative Assembly with the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4012 (2005 Session Laws, Ch. 622).[2] The full text of legislation can be read here.

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