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Constitutional Amendment B


An amendment to section 2 of Article VII of the Constitution of the state of South Dakota, relating to the minimum age to vote.


The Constitution requires that a citizen be 18 years old before (s)he can vote in any election. The proposed amendment allows a 17-year-old, whose 18th birthday is on or before the November general election, to vote in all elections held that year. These other elections include primary, school district and municipal elections.

  • A vote "YES" will change the voting age.
  • A vote "NO" will leave the voting age as it is.

Full Text of Constitutional Amendment B:

That Article VII section 2 of the Constitution of the state of South Dakota be amended to read as follows:

 2. Every United States citizen who has attained the age of eighteen years of age or older on or before the date of the general election who has met all residency and registration requirements shall be entitled to vote in all elections and upon all questions submitted to the voters of the state in the calendar year in which such citizen has attained the age of eighteen years unless disqualified by law for mental incompetence or the conviction of a felony. The Legislature may by law establish reasonable requirements to insure the integrity of the vote.

Each elector who qualified to vote within a precinct shall be entitled to vote in that precinct until he establishes another voting residence. An elector shall never lose his residency for voting solely by reason of his absence from the state.


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