Bismark, North Dakota – Fairness Project is sounding the alarm about the latest effort to restrict the democratic process in North Dakota, following news that the Protect the North Dakota Constitution campaign turned in signatures for a proposed ballot measure that would repeal majority rule by requiring a supermajority of votes to approve future ballot measures.
This is a thinly veiled attempt to make ballot measures inaccessible in North Dakota, a state where ballot measures have been critical to improving the lives of working people. Attacks like this are exactly why Fairness Project launched the Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign to defend direct democracy across the country.
In reaction to this, Fairness Project Executive Director Kelly Hall released the following statement:
“This proposed amendment is just the latest in a series of attempts in recent years to make initiating and passing ballot measures more difficult and another attack on democracy. Special interests and extremist politicians understand that they will lose if voters can bypass legislatures intent on blocking change. In North Dakota and elsewhere, they’re trying to change the rules in the middle of the game by raising thresholds for changing policy at the ballot box, to give themselves the power to simply ignore the will of the people,” said Kelly Hall, Executive Director of Fairness Project.