North Dakota Initiative Filing Deadline Amendment, Measure 1 (June 2014)
|Measure 1 (June)|
|Constitution:||North Dakota Constitution|
|Referred by:||North Dakota Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The North Dakota Initiative Filing Deadline Amendment, Measure 1 is on the June 10, 2014 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would change the filing deadline for initiated petitions from 90 to 120 days before a statewide election and provide that challenges to the secretary of state's decisions regarding ballot petitions must be filed with the supreme court at least seventy-five days before the election.
The measure was introduced into the North Dakota Legislature as House Concurrent Resolution 3034. In the North Dakota Senate, 64% of senators voted for the amendment. In the North Dakota House, 85% of representatives voted in favor of the amendment.
North Dakota has the second latest signature filing deadline in the country. Only Oklahoma's deadline is later at 60 days prior to an election. Four states - Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Washington - have deadlines set around 120 days. The average signature filing deadline before an election is approximately 138 days.
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of North Dakota's initiative and referendum process.
The most recent prior ballot measure on the state's initiative and referendum process was Constitutional Measure 2 of 2004. Measure 2 was approved and mandated fiscal impact statements for initiated measures.
Text of the measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
|“||Constitutional Measure No. 1
(HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 3034, 2013 SESSION LAWS, CH. 518)
This constitutional measure would amend and reenact sections 5, 6, and 7 of Article III of the North Dakota Constitution by changing the filing deadline for the submission of initiated measure petitions from ninety days to one hundred twenty days before a statewide election, and by providing that any challenges regarding measure petitions must be filed with the Supreme Court no later than seventy-five days before the election.
￼▢ YES - Means you approve the measure as summarized above.
|North Dakota Constitution|
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|Section 5. An initiative petition shall be submitted not less than ninety days before the statewide election at which the measure is to be voted upon. A referendum petition may be submitted only within |
Section 6. The secretary of state shall pass upon each petition, and if
Section 7. All decisions of the secretary of state in the petition process are subject to review by the supreme court in the exercise of original jurisdiction. A proceeding to review a decision of the secretary of state must be filed with the supreme court no later than seventy-five days before the date of the statewide election at which the measure is to be voted upon. If
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 indirect initiated constitutional amendments, and the Initiative Statute Amendment Referendum, which created a process for indirect initiated state statutes. Both measures were placed on the ballot by the North Dakota Legislature.
In 1918, the citizenry, utilizing their new power of initiative, voted on an initiated constitutional amendment to make the initiative process "direct," meaning the legislature was no longer involved in an initiative's approval or defeat, and to reduce the petition filing deadline to 90 days before the election. The Simplified Initiative and Referendum Process Initiative was approved.
Since 1918, North Dakotans have voted on a number of occasions to amend the state's process of initiative and referendum. The following are approved measures that changed the process and defeated measures that did not:
- North Dakota Future Constitutional Amendments Referendum (1932): Would have required 40,000 signatures for initiated constitutional amendments
- North Dakota Legislative Power and Direct Democracy Referendum (1936): Would have required 20,000 signatures for both initiatives and veto referenda
- North Dakota Legislative Power and Direct Democracy Referendum (1940): Would have required 15,000 signatures for both initiatives and veto referenda
- North Dakota Direct Democracy Referendum (1942): Would have required 30,000 signatures for initiated constitutional amendments and that they be filed 120 days before the election
- North Dakota Direct Democracy and Publicity Pamphlet, Referendum 2 (1958): Would have required an amount of signatures equal to 10% of the vote cast at the most recent gubernatorial election
- North Dakota Direct Democracy Signature Requirements, Alternate Proposition 2 (1972): Required an amount of signatures equal to 2% of the population for initiated state statutes and veto referenda and 4% of the population for initiated constitutional amendments
- North Dakota Direct Democracy Referendum, Amendment 3 (1978): Required initiative petition approval by the the Secretary of State and subjection to review by the North Dakota Supreme Court
- North Dakota Initiative Measure Fiscal Impact Referendum, Constitutional Measure 2 (2004): Required a fiscal impact statement for initiated measures
Other government officials who support the measure are:
- Sen. Armstrong (R-36) said the new deadlines would provide a much more adequate timespan for the secretary of state's office to review signature petitions and for the supreme court to hear and consider challenges.
- Citizens in Charge designates legislation as either "helping," "harming" or "neutral towards" the initiative process. They deemed Measure 1 as "harming" because the amendment would make late summer gathering events, such as the North Dakota State Fair, inaccessible to petition signature gatherers due to the date restrictions. Citizens in Charge called the state fair a "big gathering opportunity."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution
As required by Section 16 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution, the state legislature approved the bill by a simple majority in order to place the measure on the ballot. HCR 3034 was passed by the North Dakota Senate on April 10, 2013. The bill was passed by the North Dakota House on April 19, 2013.
April 10, 2013 Senate vote
|North Dakota HCR 3034 Senate Vote|
April 19, 2013 House vote
|North Dakota HCR 3034 House Vote|
- North Dakota 2014 ballot measures
- 2014 ballot measures
- Laws governing the initiative process in North Dakota
- North Dakota House Concurrent Resolution 3034 (2013)
- North Dakota Legislature, "House Concurrent Resolution No. 3034," accessed January 21, 2014
- North Dakota Legislature, "Bill Actions for HCR 3034," accessed January 22, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Consolidated Sample Primary Election Ballot, June 10, 2014, Fargo, ND" accessed April 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Measures on the June 10, 2014 Ballot," accessed March 31, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "History of Initiative and Referendum in North Dakota," accessed April 1, 2014
- The Bismarck Tribune, "North Dakota Senate OKs bill to strengthen DUI penalties," April 10, 2014
- Citizens in Charge, "Initiative and Referendum Legislation Tracker 2013," May 1, 2013
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