North Dakota Voters Support Age Limits for Congressional Candidates

North Dakota voters approved a ballot measure on Tuesday that will set an age limit for congressional members, though it is likely to be challenged in court.

About 61 percent of North Dakota residents voted in favor of the proposed measure, while 39 percent were against it; with the measure attracting 111,709 voters, according to the results.

Under the proposed measure, no person may be elected or appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives if that person could attain the age of 81 by Dec. 31 of the year preceding the end of the term.

If a court ruling requires age-limited candidates to appear on the ballot in primary or general elections, a note would need to be placed next to the candidates’ name, indicating the age they would reach by the end of the term they are pursuing, according to the ballot measure.

The measure is expected to face legal challenges, given the 1995 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said that “states cannot impose additional restrictions, such as term limits, on its representatives in the federal government beyond those provided by the Constitution.”

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