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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • ND primary election to be held Tuesday

  • Officials are anticipating a big turnout for Tuesday’s primary election thanks to the publicity and controversy created around a couple of the constitutional measures.

     


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  • Officials are anticipating a big turnout for Tuesday’s primary election thanks to the publicity and controversy created around a couple of the constitutional measures.
    Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 12 to vote on four initiated measures.
    Measure No. 1
    Constitutional Measure No. 1 would amend and reenact section 6 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution. It would prohibit the appointment of a member of the Legislative Assembly to a state office for which the compensation was increased in an amount greater than any general legislative increase provided to full-time state employees during the member’s term of office.
    Voters are asked to vote either Yes or No. A yes vote means you approve the measure as summarized and a no vote means you reject the measure as summarized.
    Measure No. 2
    Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 2 would amend sections 1, 4, 14, 15 and 16 of Article X of the North Dakota Constitution and repeal sections 5, 6,7,9 and 10 of that same article, eliminating property taxes, effective January 1, 2012. the measure wouldrequire the Legislative Assembly to replace lost revenue to cities, counties, townships, school districts and other political subdivisions with allocations of various state-level taxes and other revenues, without restrictions on how these revenues may be spent by the political subdivisions.
    A YES vote means you approve of the measure as summarized and a NO vote means you reject the measure as summarized.
    Measure No. 3
    Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 3 would add a new section to Article 1 of the North Dakota Constitution stating “Government may not burden a person’s or religious organization’s religious liberty. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be burdened unless the government proves it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A burden includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.”
    A YES vote means you approve the measure as stated, a NO vote means you reject the measure.
    Measure No. 4
    Measure No. 4 concerns Senate Bill 2370 as passed by the Legislative Assembly in the November 2011 special session (Session Laws, Chapter 580). Senate Bill 2370 repealed section 15-10-46 of the North Dakota Century Code, which required the University of North Dakota to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
    A YES vote means you approve Senate Bill 2370, the effect of which would allow the University of North Dakota to discontinue the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
    A NO vote means you reject Senate Bill 2370 and would reuire the University of North Dakota to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
    City Measure 1
    Shall the city publish the minutes of its governing body in the official city newspaper for the next four years?
    Page 2 of 3 - A YES vote means you approve the measure as summarized and a NO vote means you reject the measure.
    Also included on that same side of the ballot is the column offering the Libertarian party choices for U.S.?Senator (a blank to write in a candidate’s name), Representative in Congress Eric Olson and a blank to write in a candidate’s name, Governor and Lt. Governor Roland Riemers and a blank to write in a candidate’s name, State Auditor (a blank to write in a candidate’s name), State Treasurer (a blank to write in a candidate’s name), Insurance Commissioner (a blank to write in a candidate’s name) and Public Service Commissioner Joshua Voytek and a blank to write in a candidate’s name.
    No-Party Ballot
    Following that is the No-Party Ballot which includes the following:
    Superintendent of Public Instruction (vote for one)
    •Max Laird
    •Tracy Potter
    •Kirsten Baesler
    Justice of the Supreme Court (vote for one)
    •Daniel J. Crothers
    •a blank to write in a candidate’s name
    Judge of the District Court Northeast Judicial District, Judgeship No. 6 (vote for one)
    •M. Richard Geiger
    •a blank to write in a candidate’s name
    Judge of the District Court Northeast Judicial District Judgeship No. 7 (vote for one)
    •John C. McClintock Jr.
    •a blank to write in a candidate’s name
    County Commissioner (vote for no more than THREE?names
    •Myrna J. Heisler
    •Joe Belford
    •Bill Mertens
    •Mark W. Shipley
    •Randy Schemionek
    •Mark E. Olson
    •three blanks to write in  names
    Commissioner Devils Lake (vote for no more than TWO names)
    •Dale Robbins
    •Tim Heisler
    •two blanks to write in names
    Municipal Judge Devils Lake (vote for one)
    •Peter K. Halbach
    •a blank to write in a candidate’s name
    Park Board Member Devils Lake Park (vote for no more than TWO names)
    •Peter Jerome
    •Joe Mertens
    •Lisa Uhlenkamp
    •two blanks to write in names
    On the other side of the ballot are the columns for the Republican, Democratic-NPL and Constitution party candidates for US Senator, Representative in Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Public Service Commissioner.
    Voters are reminded in the primary to vote only for one party. If you vote for candidates from multiple parties during the primary, crossing into more than one column, you will invalidate your ballot and it will not be counted. Remember, vote for only one party’s candidates.
    Page 3 of 3 - If you have difficulty while voting, election workers are there to assist you.
    The polls in Devils Lake open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. and are located in the Memorial Building, 524 4th Ave. NE. Voters are reminded to bring identification with them, a photo ID is required.
     

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