FAQ


Here’s the latest in what you need to know about Protect North Dakota’s Constitution and what we’re proposing.
 
Why is this change needed?

The North Dakota Constitution has faced proposed changes in every election cycle over the past decade as a mere simple majority is all that is required to change the state constitution.

By comparison, the US Constitution is seldom changed and requires a rigorous process and a supermajority for approval. The North Dakota constitution should be afforded a higher level of respect.



 
Why a 60% passage threshold?

Changing our constitution is serious business with long lasting implications and should not be taken lightly. A 60% threshold will ensure only measures that are well conceived, effectively communicated and overwhelmingly supported by the people of North Dakota get added to our state’s constitution.

Plus, it aligns with requiring a supermajority of states to approve any changes to the U.S. Constitution before it becomes law.



 
Why a single-issue requirement?

Focusing on a single issue will improve the transparency of the intent of the measure and help voters better understand the measure’s meaning and impact.



 
Who is Protect North Dakota’s Constitution?

We are a grassroots organization of North Dakotans led by co-chairs Major Gen. (ret) Mike Haugen and Jeff Zarling – small business owner in Williston.

We are dedicated to good government and protecting our state constitution. We are concerned with the numerous and continuous initiatives targeting the state constitution.

Sponsoring Committee

Michael J. Haugen, Co-Chair
Fargo

Jeffrey S. Zarling, Co-Chair
Williston

Wade Boeshans
Washburn

Danita E. Bye
Stanley

Richard N. Bingeman
Williston

Matthew Butler
Fargo

Susan Shearer
Harvey

L. John MacMartin
Minot

Guy M. Moos
Dickinson

Kay L Ames
Wahpeton

Steven D. Britsch
Devils Lake
Kathleen Neset
Tioga

Kent Reierson
Williston

E. Melissa Dixon
Fargo

Jonathan Sickler
Grand Forks

Bruce W. Furness
Fargo

Jeremy P. Neuharth
Fargo

Nicholas Hacker
Mandan

Alan W. Palmer
Grand Forks

David L. Johnston
Fargo

Mark J. Jantzer
Minot
Steven J Swiontek
Fargo

Stephen Peter Stenehjem
West Fargo

K. Ruth Hedger
Dickinson

Christie Huber Obenauer
Hazen

Kenneth A. Callahan
Williston

Zachary Paulson
West Fargo

Walter Keller
Baldwin

Hal Ecker
West Fargo

William R Wedberg Jr
Hunter

William M. Ziegler
Horace
Kate Black
Bismarck

Jon E. Strinden
Fargo

Timothy C. Hager
Valley City

Roger A. Reierson
Fargo

Calli Jo Thorne
Watford City

Erika Jo Kenner
Leeds

Barry Wilfahrt
Grand Forks

Mary O Aaland
Fargo

Rachel R Logan
Dickinson

Bradley R. Sheldon
Washburn