The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution [...]
But the North Dakota Constitution does not require that the Governor and other executive officers take such an oath. John Rolczynski, 82, of Grand Forks, spotted this problem sixteen years ago. Since that time, he's argued that North Dakota's 1889 admission into the union is invalid. It remains a territory, not a state:
Finally, somebody listened. State Senator Tim Mathern introduced a bill fixing the mistake that will be put to voters this spring. The happy historian, now confined to a nursing home with Parkinson's disease, told the local news team Valley News Live that he was "glad that I was able to see this thing corrected."
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