TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: April 12, 2013
RE: Rule 506, N.D.R.Ev., Political Vote
Proposed amendments to Rule 506 based on the 1999 amendments to the Uniform Rules of Evidence are attached. The amendments seem primarily intended to simplify the language of the rule and to remove gender-specific references.
Under the proposal, the phrase "or determines that disclosure should be compelled under the election laws of the state" would be added to subdivision (b) of the rule. Similar language was contained in the 1974 version of the Uniform Rule that the committee considered. The January 1976 minutes show that the committee decided not to include this language, even though the explanatory note was not amended and reads as if this language was included in the rule. If the committee decides not to include this language in the rule, the explanatory note will need to be amended.