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North Dakota to decide spate of measures; 'right-to-life,' oil taxes spurring high interest

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota voters on Election Day will decide the most crowded ballot in two decades.

Armies of volunteers knocked on doors, held rallies and made last-minute telephone calls on Tuesday, hoping to energize their supporters.

The fall lineup includes eight measures, the most on a ballot since there were nine in North Dakota's 1996 June election.

Drawing intense interest in the oil-rich red state is a measure that would amend the North Dakota constitution to define the "inalienable right to life" at "any stage of development."

Another hotly debated issue is whether to set aside perhaps billions of dollars of oil tax revenue for conservation projects in the state.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the spate of measures likely will mean a strong turnout.

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