North Dakota May Not Be a State
Local historian trying to get constitutional 'oops' fixed
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
Updated Jul 16, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
Is North Dakota actually a state?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – North Dakota has been a state since 1889—or has it? An 82-year-old government watchdog and local historian has been trying, for 16 years, to get someone to notice an important flaw in the state's constitution that he says renders North Dakota's very statehood invalid. The state constitution omits the executive branch, the governor, and other top officials when outlining who must take the oath of office, John Rolczynski notes. This puts it in opposition with the federal constitution, thus theoretically making the state's version invalid.

That could mean North Dakota is actually still a territory, ValleyNewsLive.com reports. But don't worry, North Dakotans: State Sen. Tim Mathern has introduced a bill to fix the wording, and voters will simply need to approve the constitutional amendment in November 2012.

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AndJusticeForAll
Jul 17, 2011 4:42 PM CDT
Damn! I jumped the gun and painted over one star on my flag. I'll just leave it as it is just in case the bill fails. Would that mean less Republicans interfering in everything? Maybe we can put a fence around the former state boundary and herd all of them into one big compound and devour each other. Better still, make it into a giant preserve for all the homeless animals. About security, send John McCain and all of his anti-immigrant buddies there armed with water pistols. Hope so. If it doesn't pass can you imagine how many flags around the world would have to be changed? What about the one on the moon and the space station; got to cover all the bases.This is hilarious, deserves three gold stars. Thanks Newser and all have a good day.
truefreedom
Jul 17, 2011 3:04 PM CDT
The way the federal government is, I hope that bill in North Dakota doesn't pass and that will mark a turning point in US history.
Cat-Lover
Jul 16, 2011 9:42 PM CDT
I'll bet Perry's down in Austin seaching through all documents for statehood errors in case he runs and loses the presidency so that he could secede and become leader-for-life, or something like that.