MINOT, N.D. — A constitutional measure that would limit North Dakota lawmakers, and the governor, to no more than eight years in office, should not be on the November ballot .
Our secretary of state, our attorney general, and a district court judge all found sufficient evidence of signature collection fraud to disqualify the measure. But our state Supreme Court justices — whose terms, ironically enough, will not be limited by this measure — ruled that even despite the evidence of fraud the secretary of state lacked the statutory authority to disqualify the measure.
And ain’t that a kick in the shorts?
For better or worse, North Dakotans will vote on the measure, and they’ll likely approve it. Term limits, based on every poll on the subject I’ve seen over the years, is a deeply popular concept among our state’s citizens.
I realize that by criticizing term limits I’m spitting into the prevailing political winds, but I’m not one to let that stop me.