How to Circulate a
Petition for Water Development District Director - 2012
declaration of candidacy at the top of the petition form must be completed prior
to circulation for signatures and signed before a notary public or other officer
authorized to administer an oath (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. Petitions may be filed no earlier than
January 1 and no later than March 27, 2012. Petitions which are mailed by
registered mail prior to 5:00 p.m. on the last day to file will be
considered timely filed.
3. Signatures of
active 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 and must verify under oath before a notary public or other officer
authorized to administer oaths that each signature was personally witnessed.
6. Each petition
signer must be a registered voter in the director area for which the petition is
circulated (SDCL 12-6-8 and 46A-3B-4). At least 25 signatures are required for
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 below the signature.
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
acceptable. Ditto marks may not be used.
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.
14. A voter may
sign as many petitions for a particular office as there are positions to be
filled (SDCL 12-6-8).
15. 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
16. Petitions for
water development district are filed with the Secretary of State, 500 E Capitol,
Pierre, SD 57501.
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 water development district
office or the Secretary of State's Office.