Nominating Petition for Conservation District Supervisor - 2012
declaration of candidacy at the top of the petition form must be completed prior
to circulation for signatures (SDCL 12-6-8). It may not be signed prior to
January 1, 2012.
The name will
appear on the ballot in the exact form indicated in the declaration of candidacy
2. Petitions may
not be circulated before January 1 and may be filed no later than July 1, 2012.
Petitions are filed with the county auditor. If the conservation district lies
in more than one county, the petitions are filed with the Secretary of State.
3. Signatures of
registered voters must be obtained between the date of the candidate's signed
declaration of candidacy and the date of the circulator's verification.
4. A petition
circulator must be a resident of the state of South Dakota who is at least
eighteen years of age.
5. The petition
circulator must personally witness each signature on the petition being
circulated. The petition's verification must be completed following circulation
and must include the circulator's printed name, address, city, state and be
signed under oath before a notary public or other officer authorized to
administer oaths. The candidate may not serve as the notary public.
6. Each petition
signer must be a registered voter in the conservation district for which the
petition is circulated. Twenty-five (25) valid signatures are required to file
7. Signers must
sign their names as they are registered to vote or as they usually sign their
8. The signer's
printed name must also appear.
signature line must show a complete residence address. This can be street and
house number or rural route and box number in addition to the city or town. Zip
codes are optional.
If the signer is a
resident of a second or third class municipality, a post office box number may
be used in lieu of a street address. Second and third class municipalities are
those with less than 5000 population. They would include all municipalities
except the following which are first class municipalities:
Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Box Elder, Brandon,
Brookings, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish,
Sturgis, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.
signature line must show the month and day it was signed.
11. Numbers to
designate the month are permissible. Abbreviations commonly used are also
12. The county of
the signer's voter registration must be included.
13. The date,
address, county of registration, and printed name may be added by the circulator
prior to the petition being filed. Ditto marks may not be used.
14. A voter may
sign one petition for each type of position to be filled (SDCL 12-6-8).
photocopies are made of the originally signed petition sheet for circulation,
the original petition sheet must be submitted with the photocopied sheets.
16. Each petition
sheet must be a self-contained sheet with the heading, declaration of candidacy,
instructions to signers, signature lines and circulator's verification on a
It is prudent to
submit any petition to the filing authority with ample time prior to the
deadline to allow you to collect additional signatures if there are not
sufficient valid signatures presented on your initial petition.
information or petition forms, contact your local conservation district office or the Secretary of State's Office.