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Constitutional Amendment D


Title:

An amendment to section 3 of Article III of the Constitution of the state of South Dakota, relating to the qualifications for legislative office.


Explanation:

The Constitution now requires a citizen to be 25 years old before (s)he can become a state legislator.

  • A vote "YES" will lower the minimum age to 18 for citizens to hold the office of State Senator or State Representative.
  • A vote "NO" will leave the minimum age for state legislators at 25 years.

Full Text of Constitutional Amendment D:

That Article III, section 3 of the Constitution of the state of South Dakota be amended to read as follows:

 3. No person is eligible to the office of senator who is not a qualified elector in the district from which such person is chosen, a citizen of the United States, and who has not been a resident of the state for two years next preceding election.

No person is eligible to the office of representative who is not a qualified elector in the district from which such person is chosen, a citizen of the United States, and who has not been a resident of the state for two years next preceding election.

No judge or clerk of any court, secretary of state, attorney general, state's attorney, recorder, sheriff or collector of public moneys, member of either house of Congress, or person holding any lucrative office under the United States, or this state, or any foreign government, shall be a member of the Legislature: provided, that appointments in the militia, the offices of notary public and justice of the peace shall not be considered lucrative; nor shall any person holding any office of honor or profit under any foreign government or under the government of the United States, except postmasters whose annual compensation does not exceed the sum of three hundred dollars, hold any office in either branch of the Legislature or become a member thereof.

 



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