Initiated Measures

North Dakota Farmers Union supports North Dakota’s initiated measure process. While NDFU encourages voters to directly address the legislature with concerns, our organization does believe in North Dakotans’ right to seek relief through the initiated process.

NDFU typically takes a position on initiated measures that appear on both the primary and general election ballots. Our county presidents, also known as our Board of Governors, determine our positions at their fall meeting in September. Check back for updates!

INITIATED MEASURES ON 2018 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT
Measure 1

This initiated measure would put language into the constitution to establish a state Ethics Commission.  The commission would be responsible for creating rules around lobbying and elections, and would investigate any violations reported to the commission. Funding would be authorized by the state legislature.

NDFU’S POSITION:  RECOMMEND A YES VOTE
Measure 2

This initiated measure would put language into the constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the United States is qualified to vote. The constitution currently states that “every citizen” of the United States is qualified to vote.

NDFU’S POSITION:  RECOMMEND A NO VOTE

 

Measure 3

This initiated measure would put language into the constitution, would remove marijuana from the schedule 1 list of controlled substances, therefore allowing North Dakota citizens to use marijuana legally.

NDFU’S POSITION:  RECOMMEND A NO VOTE
 
Measure 4

This initiated measure would require the DOT to issue red personalized vehicle plates to volunteer responders. Qualifications for the plates would be created by the DOT. The plates would be provided at no cost to volunteers, and would serve as an entrance to North Dakota state parks.

NDFU’S POSITION:  NEUTRAL