Number of Signatures Required on Petitions Filed for the 2006 Election

Petition Forms and Instructions

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, GOVERNOR

Republican: 1900 (1% of the vote for the 2002 republican gubernatorial candidate – 189,920)

Democratic: 1403 (1% of the vote for the 2002 democratic gubernatorial candidate – 140,263)

Libertarian:  20 (1% of the vote for the 2002 libertarian gubernatorial candidate – 1,983)

Constitution:  250

Independent: 3346 * (1% of the total vote for governor in 2002 – 334,559)

New Political Party: 250

*The Independent signature requirement would also apply to independent candidates for constitutional offices and public utilities commissioner.  Independent candidates for Governor must file a certification of their Lt. Governor candidate prior to petition circulation.

FORM A NEW POLITICAL PARTY

8364 (2.5% of total vote for governor in 2002 – 334,559)

STATE LEGISLATORS

Republican, Democrat or Libertarian:

50 signatures or 1% of the vote for their party's gubernatorial candidate in their legislative district in the 2002 election, whichever is less.

Constitution:

Five signatures.

Independent:

Signatures equal to 1% of the total vote for governor in 2002 in their legislative district.

2006 Legislative Signature Requirements by District (Bone Shirt Districts)

COUNTY OFFICIALS (filed with county auditor)

Republican, Democrat or Libertarian:

50 signatures or 1% of the vote for their party's gubernatorial candidate in the county or commissioner district in the 2002 election, whichever is less.

Constitution:

Five signatures.

Independent:

Signatures equal to 1% of the total vote for governor in the county or commissioner district in 2002.

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

50 Signatures

OTHER DISTRICTS

Water Development District - 25 signatures (SDCL 46A-3B-4)

Conservation District - 25 signatures (SDCL 38-8-39)

Consumers Power District - 50 signatures (SDCL 49-36-1.3)

DEADLINE FOR FILING

April 4, 2006 for primary election

June 6, 2006 for independent candidates in general election

All petition signers must be active registered voters in the jurisdiction which the candidate is seeking office.

INITIATIVE PETITIONS

16,728 signatures collected within one year following filing of the full text with the Secretary of State (5% of 2002 vote for governor). Signatures must be filed by May 2, 2006.

REFERENDUM PETITIONS

16,728 signatures (5% of 2002 vote for governor). File within 90 days after adjournment of legislature at which the law was passed.

INITIATED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

33,456 signatures (10% of 2002 vote for governor). Signatures must be filed by November 7, 2005.

 



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