1996 Northern Mariana Islands constitutional referendum
A nineteen-part referendum was held in the Northern Mariana Islands on 2 March 1996. Voters were asked whether they approved of constitutional amendments of each chapter, with a separate vote on each. All amendments were rejected.
A 1993 referendum resulted in a vote in favour of electing a Constitutional Council, which was subsequently elected in March 1995. The Council developed amendments to 19 chapters of the constitution.
The referendum was originally scheduled to be on 4 November 1995 alongside general elections. However, it was later postponed to allow voters more time to familiarise themselves with the amendments.
Only two sets of amendments, to chapters 5 and 15, received a majority of votes in favour. However, in both cases the requirement to get a two-thirds majority in two of the three Senate seats was not achieved. The amendments to Chapter 15 were the only changes to receive two-thirds support in any Senate constituency.
|Chapter 2, articles 16 and 17||1,560||38.36||2,507||61.64||4,067||0||3|
|Source: Direct Democracy|
- Northern Mariana Islands, March 2, 1996: Fundamental Rights Direct Democracy (in German)
- Northern Mariana Islands, 2 March 1996: Representation in the USA Direct Democracy (in German)
- Northern Mariana Islands, 2 March 1996: Allowing of gambling Direct Democracy (in German)