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State of North Dakota

History of Reform Efforts: North Dakota

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for North Dakota judges are prescribed in the state's constitution, except that elections are nonpartisan according to statute. Moving to an appointive system or altering term lengths would require a constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed in either house of the legislature and must be approved a majority of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by an initiative petition signed by electors equal in number to at least 4% of the population, according to the last decennial census. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters.