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Associated Press, Published November 06 2012

ND voters require governor to take oath of office

BISMARCK — North Dakota voters have changed the state constitution to require the governor and other elected officials to take an oath of office.

The change is part of Measure 2, which North Dakota voters approved on Tuesday.

The measure was put on the ballot by the North Dakota Legislature.

The state constitution already says legislators and judges must take an oath of office. But it doesn't mention the governor or other members of the executive branch.

Lawmakers say it should — even though elected officials already take an oath and there's a state law requiring them to do so.

The oath itself is spelled out in the state constitution. It says officials must promise to do their jobs as best they can and support the U.S. and North Dakota constitutions.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.