North Dakota redistricting initiative falls short of signature requirement

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July 6, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARCK, North Dakota: The last circulating initiative for the 2012 ballot in the state of North Dakota fell short on petition signatures on Tuesday, July 5.

Filed in 2010, the proposed North Dakota Redistricting Amendment called for requiring that legislative district lines be drawn by an eight-member independent commission. Currently, North Dakota lawmakers are responsible for establishing district lines.

The initiative failed to qualify for the 2010 ballot but remained valid for one year. According to new census numbers, the measure required a minimum of 26,904 valid signatures in order to qualify for the 2012 ballot.

However, as of July 5, the measure failed to collect sufficient signatures. According to reports, the supporting campaign only collected an estimated 5,000 signatures.[1]

The redistricting measure marks the last circulating initiative. According to the Secretary of State, no other citizen initiatives are in circulation for the 2012 ballot. However, two citizen initiatives have already qualified for the June 2012 statewide ballot: a proposal to eliminate property taxes and a proposal about religious freedom.

Despite the failed redistricting initiative, the redistricting process in North Dakota remains under review. The deadline for the North Dakota Legislature to have a redistricting plan in place is January 3, 2012.

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