Sec. of state blocks measure which would have required supermajority vote for constitutional amendments

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office blocked a proposed ballot measure that would have implemented term limits in North Dakota’s constitution due to numerous problems with the signature collection process .

Now Jaeger’s office has blocked a second measure, again citing problems with the signatures.

It may be time to set aside the populist chest-thumping about the supposed sanctity of North Dakota’s very stupid initiated measure process and admit we have a deep-rooted problem in need of a fix.

Protect North Dakota’s Constitution, the committee behind this most recent measure to be blocked, turned in over 33,000 signatures to Jaeger’s office on April 22.

That was just a bit more than the 31,164 required by law.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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