FARGO-Measure 2 is presented by a sponsoring committee of 37 members including North Dakota GOP Senate candidate Gary Emineth as the chairman.
The measure aims to change the language of a Article II, Section 1 from "Every citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector." to "Only a citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector."
In addition to the change in language, the measure will also add a third section to Article II where it says, "Only a qualified elector may vote in any general, special, or primary election for a federal, statewide, state legislative, district, county, township, city, or school district office, or for a statewide, district, or political subdivision ballot measure."
This change would have no fiscal impact on the state and wouldn't change any election administrative procedures in state law.
"The plain reading of the proposed amendment indicates that "Only a" citizen of the United States may vote in the elections listed in Section 3. Based on that reading and because it does not change the current election administrative procedures in state law, my office did not find anything in the proposed amendment that would cause a fiscal impact for an agency of the state, district or political subdivision," said North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger in a response with the fiscal analysis of the measure.
Opposition has argued that the measure promotes "unneeded verbiage" in the constitution that already explains a qualified voter is already defined as a U.S. citizen.