North Dakota 2014 ballot measures

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Nine ballot measures are certified for 2014 ballots in the state of North Dakota, one on the June 10, 2014 primary ballot and eight on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot. Voters approved Measure 1 during the June 10, 2014 primary election.

Currently, there are five legislatively-referred constitutional amendments and four initiated state statutes certified for 2014 ballots. There is no regular 2014 legislative session in North Dakota, as state law mandates 80 legislative days in two years. According to Section 16 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution, the legislature must approve a bill by a simple majority in order to place the measure on the ballot.

Supporters of the initiatives needed to collect at least 26,904 valid signatures for amendments and 13,452 valid signatures for statutes by the August 6, 2014, filing deadline in order to put the measures before voters.

Issues that will appear on the ballot currently include:

Historical facts

North Dakota is celebrating the state’s century old tradition of initiative and referendum in 2014. In 1914, North Dakotans approved the Initiated Constitutional Amendment Referendum, which created a process for initiated constitutional amendments, and the Initiative Statute Amendment Referendum, which created a process for initiated state statutes.

  • Since 1988, an average of six measures have appeared annually on the ballot in North Dakota. Therefore, 2014 is an above-average year based on the number of certified measures.
  • From 1988 to 2013, the number of measures on a state-wide ballot has ranged from 2 to 15.
  • Since 1988, 43 of 82 or 52 percent of North Dakota ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 39 of 82 or 48 percent of measures have been defeated.

On the ballot

See also: 2014 ballot measures

June 10:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Direct Democracy Reduces the filing deadline for initiated petitions from 90 to 120 days before a statewide election Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Measure 1 Abortion Declares in the state constitution that life begins at conception
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Prevents the state from imposing mortgage, sales or transfer taxes on the mortgage or transfer of real property
LRCA Measure 3 Education Abolishes elected State Board of Higher Education and replaces it with appointed Commission of Higher Education
LRCA Measure 4 Direct Democracy Requires measures that have significant fiscal impacts on the state to be voted on at a general election
CICA Measure 5 Taxes Redirects some of the state's oil tax revenues to conservation efforts
CISS Measure 6 Divorce & Custody Creates a legal presumption that each parent is a fit parent and entitled to be awarded equal parental rights by a court
CISS Measure 7 Business Removes requirement that majority ownership in a pharmacy be held by a registered pharmacist
CISS Measure 8 Education Mandates that school classes begin after Labor Day

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Property Tax Reform Initiative Taxes Modifies standards for collecting property taxes, requires baseline budgeting for political subdivisions, establishes property tax credit fund and consolidates tax levies Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA University Nickname Amendment Motto and symbols Allows for the University of North Dakota to use the "Fighting Sioux" nickname Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Direct Democracy Protection Initiative Direct democracy Prevents the legislature from amending Article III of the state constitution Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Property Tax Abolishment Initiative Taxes Requires the legislature to replace local governments' property tax income with state tax revenue Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Voter Identification Amendment Elections Requires a valid photo ID in order to vote Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Direct Payments to Residents Amendment Gov't spending Relates to constitutional authorization for the legislature to provide direct payments to North Dakota residents Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
VR Abortion Restrictions Referendum (3) Abortion Allows public votes on newly passed restrictions on when abortions may be performed Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

See also

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