For Immediate Release
November 9, 2022
Media Contact: David Johnson, Strategic Vision PR Group
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U.S Term Limits Praises North Dakota Voters for Passing
Term Limits Amendment for State Offices
Bismarck, ND – North Dakota voters resoundingly approved Ballot Measure 1 with 63.29% Yes and 36.71% No. Under the approved measure, an amendment to the North Dakota State Constitution will be added limiting the Governor to no more than two terms (8 years); and members of the State House and State Senate to a lifetime limit of two terms (8 years) in each chamber. The initiative was spearheaded by Jared Hendrix and grassroots activists from the ballot committee North Dakota for Term Limits.
It was an uphill battle against an entrenched incumbency that spared no expense taking term limits supporters to court and denying them their right to put the measure on the ballot by misapplying the law. Although a record number of North Dakotans signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot, it was opposed every step of the way by lobbyists and anti-term limits politicians.
First, the Secretary of State disqualified numerous signatures to prevent term limits from a vote. The State Supreme Court ultimately ruled the signatures valid and allowed the measure on the ballot. Then career politicians and lobbyists began a massive advertising campaign to defeat the measure while refusing to disclose where the money for the campaign was coming from. Despite this and opposition by members of the media, state voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 1, giving the state term limits.
“I want to congratulate Jared Hendrix and North Dakota for Term Limits in getting state term limits passed in North Dakota,” said Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. “They were opposed every step of the way by the powerful special interests in Bismarck but never backed down. This is truly an historic event because we now have another state legislature and governor with term limits.”
“North Dakota voters demonstrated overwhelmingly that they are tired of political games and career politicians,” concluded Tomboulides. “In passing Ballot Measure 1 they again took power back into their own hands and away from the special interests.”
U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.