North Dakota voters pass measure imposing age limits on congressional candidates

North Dakota voters on Tuesday supported a constitutional amendment that would impose age restrictions on congressional candidates.

The new measure prohibits people from running for a House or Senate seat in North Dakota “if that person can reach age 81 on or before December 31 of the year immediately preceding the end of the term.”

On Tuesday, 61% of voters approved the measure, while 39% opposed it.

It is believed to be the first in the country to impose age limits on candidates in federal elections, but the measure is also expected to be challenged in court.

The measure, which does not affect any of North Dakota’s current federal officeholders, comes as voters vote to express concern over the age of President Joe Biden, who is 81, and former President Donald Trump, who turns 78 this week, as they each vie for another term as president.

There are currently three senators over the age of 80: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Congress has at least 10 members over 80, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Whip Steny Hoyer.

The Republican senator. Kevin Cramer, who is seeking his second full term in the Senate and won an unopposed primary in North Dakota on Tuesday, said he opposed the measure and believes voters should be able to vote for whoever they want, regardless of their preference. age.

“Arbitrarily limiting these decisions just doesn’t make sense to me,” Cramer told the Associated Press.

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