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A hotly debated child custody initiative in North Dakota lured voters to the polls on Tuesday. The measure was aimed at getting both divorced parents jointly involved in raising their children.
Voters turned out in droves to cast their vote on the issue. Ashley Helbling, 25, voted against the measure, calling it “asinine.” Carrie McKay, 35, also voted against the measure, saying it didn’t “seem right” for the children.
The measure ended up losing with only 44 percent of the vote. Sponsor of the bill, Mitchell Sanderson of Grand Forks, said he would continue to push the initiative until it’s passed.
“I’m not going to give up on this,” he said, adding that if attempts to work with the state Legislature on the proposal don’t work, he’ll “come back with another initiative that is plain and clear: joint physical custody unless you’re found unfit.”
Other states are considering similar bills, arguing that joint custody is best for children of divorce.
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