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North Dakota voters favor measure to update language of qualified electors

BISMARCK — The majority of North Dakotans voted in favor of Measure 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to complete but unofficial results. With all 424 precincts reporting, the measure passed by a 66 to 34 percent margin.

The measure will change the language of a Article II, Section 1 of the North Dakota Constitution from "Every citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector." to "Only a citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector."

The measure will also add a third section to Article II, which states: "Only a qualified elector may vote in any general, special, or primary election for a federal, statewide, state legislative, district, county, township, city, or school district office, or for a statewide, district, or political subdivision ballot measure."

There will be no fiscal impact or change in election administrative procedures, according to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

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