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ND voters approve measure to set earlier deadline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota voters have approved a proposed constitutional amendment to set an earlier deadline for initiated measure petitions.

Measure 1 changes the date to 120 days before an election, rather than the current 90 days.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger pushed for the new deadline to give his office more time to review signature petitions for accuracy and to allow the state Supreme Court an extended period to consider challenges.

Opponents of the measure called the measure a solution to a problem than doesn't exist.

North Dakota did impose a deadline for submitting petitions at 120 days from 1919 to 1978, when it was changed to 90 days. The state currently has the second-latest filing deadline in the nation, behind Oklahoma's deadline of 60 days.