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Jason Schmidt, Medina, N.D., Published November 03 2012

Letter: Measure 5 polls do a turnabout

All we have ever wanted is for voters to hear both sides of the story on Measure 5 and to follow the money before they vote. Everywhere we go, the reception has been fantastic and the message to vote “no” on 5 has taken off.

To further strengthen our point, according to the campaign finance report dated Oct. 25, the proponents for Measure 5 report that $2,758 or 0.33 percent of their money, came from North Dakota contributors; 93.46 percent came from outside special interest groups, including the Humane Society of the United States and its allies. The rest came from unlisted contributions, for a total of $837,146.83. It’s hard to say that North Dakotans are behind Measure 5 when only one-third of 1 percent of the money pushing it came from within North Dakota.

It’s no wonder that the latest Mason Dixon poll shows a dramatic shift in the numbers from a month ago (66 percent yes, 27 percent no) and now has the “no” votes ahead 49 percent to 44 percent. I think Valley News Live’s broadcast from Fargo on Oct. 29 said it best when they stated that “support for Measure 5 is crumbling.”

Thank you, North Dakota voters, for pulling back the curtain and giving Measure 5 a closer look. Remember to vote “no” on Measure 5 and support the coalition of real North Dakotans as they continue their work on animal welfare in the 2013 Legislature.