Ballot measure for ND redistricting approved

2010-07-02T10:12:00Z 2010-07-30T11:51:50Z Ballot measure for ND redistricting approvedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 02, 2010 10:12 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A proposal to put an independent commission in charge of drawing North Dakota's new legislative district boundaries is ready for petition signatures.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the ballot measure on Friday. It is a proposed constitutional amendment, and needs almost 26,000 petition signatures before Aug. 4 to have a chance at getting on the November ballot.

The Legislature now draws a new redistricting map every 10 years, after the federal census is done. The measure would cut out the Legislature and put an appointed, eight-member commission in charge of the work.

North Dakota's League of Women Voters is promoting the idea. The Legislature rejected a similar proposal last year.


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  1. HanpaSunka
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    HanpaSunka - July 06, 2010 7:52 pm
    This proposal is a better way than the shenanigans we saw in 2000, when 'Representative' Mike Timm from Minot stood up in front of at least one reporter & crowed, "we really stuck it to them this time, didn't we?".. speaking about how the "citizen legislators" tried to jerrymander District 4 - the Three Affiliated Tribes Reservation, basically - so they couldn't elect IndigenUs people to the Legislature (we stopped that).. & on, & on.. Nothing to be rpoud of there.. and we don't need to go thru it again. There's no more right/wrong with being a Democrat than there is with being a Republican - & from what I've seen, the Republicans haven't done such a great job representing The People - unless you count bigotry as a plus. After all, Lt. Gov. told a Republican mover& shaker in 2001, "we had to get rid of John Dorso & Gary Nelson from House & Senate Majority Leadership because they were starting to listen to The Wrong Kind of People".. & when the other guy asked who he meant, he said, "Indians!" Lots to be proud of there, for sure.. The Independent Committee can't do any worse than that.
  2. GrampsWithCramps
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    GrampsWithCramps - July 06, 2010 12:40 pm
    The sponsoring committee of this "bipartisan" measure reads like a who's-who of Democrats, with a couple of RINOs (Republican in name only) mixed in. Makes you wonder why they'd be soooo interested in getting this passed, doesn't it? (not to mention Joel Heitkamp's glowing review on his radio show this morning). This is nothing more than a trojan horse issue, who's real intention is to elect more liberals to the legislature.
  3. fganje
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    fganje - July 03, 2010 9:01 am
    Historically North Dakota voters have been reluctant to make changes to their State Constitution, which works well in light of the many years it has been in existence. And in this case it appears that someone is trying to fix something that isn't broken. Or that this is a power grab. Why the League of Women voters would waste time on this when it has been rejected before is beyond me. Perhaps someone could provide more information.
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