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Letter: Vote no on Measure No. 1 in primary election

One initiated measure of utmost importance to be voted on in the June 10 primary election is Measure No. 1.

This measure is a proposed constitutional amendment placed directly on the ballot by the 2013 North Dakota Legislature. This amendment pertains to the initiative and referral process in North Dakota.

This measure, if approved by the voters, would extend from 90 to 120 days the time period that signatures to place any initiated measure on to the ballot would have to be in the hands of the Secretary of State for verification before an election

This is totally unnecessary. The current 90-day timeframe for verification to place any measure on the ballot is plenty adequate.

North Dakota is one of only 23 states in the Union that have the initiative and referral process. The framers of the Constitution of these states saw the need to have another recourse when those they elect turn a deaf ear to the people they are supposed to represent.

Sadly, the initiative and referral process in all 23 states that have it has come under attack by those whom the people have elected to represent them. They want to eliminate accountability and distance themselves from the people that elected them. Both parties are to blame. In North Dakota, it’s the RINO Republicans that want the voters to approve this amendment.

This is the real purpose of Measure No. 1. The real idea is to place so many restrictions on the initiative and referral process to render it impossible to use, or do away with it completely.

On June 10, be sure to vote no on Measure No. 1. Don’t give up your right to hold those accountable that you elect to represent you.

Ralph Muecke,