Initiated Measure 22 - An Act to revise certain provisions concerning campaign finance and lobbying, to create a democracy credit program, to establish an ethics commission, and to make an appropriation therefor.
Challenge Process Challenges to all statewide initiatives and referendums must be brought within 30 days after the petition has been validated and filed by the Secretary of State (SDCL 12-1-13)
1. When does the 30 days start to run?
The 30 days starts to run once the petition is officially filed with the Secretary of State’s Office; the petition is only filed after the Office goes through the petition validation process and determines that the petition contains a sufficient number of signatures to be filed.
2. How will potential challengers know when their 30 days begins to run?
Once the Office makes a determination that there are a sufficient number of signatures such to file the petition, the Secretary of State’s Office will make that information publically available through social media, including twitter updates that are available on the Secretary of State’s website.
3.How is each petition labeled or marked? How should challengers make arrangements to review the petitions?
The Secretary of State’s Office runs each self-contained petition through a scanner, which places the date, time and a sequential number on each petition. Challengers seeking to “research” the signatures pursuant to SDCL 12-1-13 should contact Kea Warne at the Secretary of State’s Office (605) 773-5003 to make the necessary arrangements.
4.How much does it cost for copies of the petition sheet?
The Secretary of State is required by state law to charge $2.00 per page for copies. Copies of petitions are two pages due to the petition being printed front and back side which would calculate to a copy fee of $4.00 per petition. This fee applies to both paper and electronic copies.
5. What order do you process the petitions in?
The Secretary of State's office will process each petition one at a time, and in the order in which they are received.
6. The petitions are not public documents until after the Secretary of State's Office has completed the validation process and either filed or rejected the petition. No copies can be purchased until this process is completed for the particular petition of which copies are being requested.
2016 Ballot Question Committees
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2016 Candidate Calendar
January 1, 2016
Primary Election and Independent candidates able to take out petitions
Statement of Organization is due 15 days after becoming a candidate. The candidate committees that have not already filed a statement of organization, must register not later than 15 days after the date upon which the committee made contributions, received contributions or paid expenses in excess of $500 unless such activity falls within 30 days of any statewide election, in which case the statement of organization shall be filed within 48 hours.
February 1, 2016
2015 Year End Campaign Finance Reports Due
Petitions submitted to the Secretary of State's office:
March 29, 2016 for Primary Election candidates
April 26, 2016 for Independent candidates
Candidate Financial Interest Statement must be filed in the office where your nominating petition or convention nomination certification was filed within 15 days after that filing.
May 27, 2016
Pre-Primary Campaign Finance Reports
June 7, 2016
August 12, 2016
Post Primary Campaign Finance Report for Candidates who did not win their primary election and will NOT be on the general election ballot
October 28, 2016
Pre-General Campaign Finance Report
November 8, 2016
Elected Official Oath of Office & Financial Interest Statement must be filed in the office where your nominating petition or convention nomination certification was filed within 15 days after taking your oath of office.
February 6, 2017
2016 Year End Campaign Finance Report
2016 Election Calendar
Date of South Dakota's 2016 Primary Election - June 7, 2016
Voter Registration Deadline - May 23, 2016
Absentee voting begins - April 22, 2016
Date of South Dakota's 2016 General Election - November 8, 2016
Voter Registration Deadline for 2016 General Election - October 24, 2016
Absentee voting begins - September 23, 2016
Partisan Candidates: whichever is less, 50 signatures or 1% of the total vote for your political party's candidate for governor at the last gubernatorial election in the county or commissioner district (SDCL 12-6-7.1). May only gather signatures from the political party the candidate is registered to vote with.
Independent Candidates: signatures equal to 1% of the total vote for all candidates for governor at the last gubernatorial election in the county or commissioner district (SDCL 12-7-1). May gather signatures from any registered voter.
Newly Recognized Political Party: Five (5) signatures (SDCL 12-5-1.4)
Heartland Consumer Power District Director: 50 signatures of registered voters of the district or subdivision of the district (SDCL 49-36-1.3)
Water Development District Director: 25 signatures of registered voters in the director area (SDCL 46A-3B-4)
Conservation District Supervisor: 25 signatures (SDCL 38-8-39)
Offices to be filled in the 2016 Elections
The following nominations are made in the closed party primary elections held on June 7, 2016:
U.S. Senator - 6 year term
U.S. Representative - 2 year term
105 Legislators (35 Senate, 70 House) - 2 year term
County Commissioners - 4 year term
States Attorney - 4 year term
County Coroner - 4 year term
County Treasurer - 4 year term
Delegates to National Party Conventions (only if designated to be elected at a Primary Election in the party's bylaws) - 2 year term
Precinct Committeeman and Committeewoman (only if designated to be elected at a Primary Election in the party's bylaws) - 2 year term
In those areas of the state which have the following types of districts, nominations are made in a nonpartisan primary election:
Water Development District Directors - 4 year term
Heartland Consumer Power District Directors - 6 year term
The following will be nominated at the 2016 state conventions of each political party:
Public Utilities Commissioner - 6 year term
3 Presidential Electors
In those areas of the state which have the following types of districts, nominations are made in the general election.
Conservation District Supervisor - 4 year term
2016 Political Party State Conventions
Libertarian Party of South Dakota
July 30, 2016
Best Western Ramkota
South Dakota Constitution Party State Convention
July 9, 2016
Main Downtown Library - 200 N. Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota Democratic Party State Convention
June 24-25, 2016
Downtown Holiday Inn
Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota Republican Party State Convention
June 24-25, 2016
Best Western Ramkota
Earliest day for independent candidates to circulate and file nominating petitions. (SDCL 12-7-1.1 and 12-7-7)
March 29, 2016
Deadline for a new political party to file petitions, declaring organization, with the Secretary of State to participate in the presidential primary election. (SDCL 12-5-1)
Deadline for new political party presidential candidates to file nominating petitions. (SDCL 12-5-3.14)
Deadline for political parties to certify slates of national convention delegates to the Secretary of State for inclusion on the presidential primary ballot. (SDCL 12-5-3.8)
June 7, 2016
Presidential and State Primary Election Day. (SDCL 12-2-1) South Dakota has a closed presidential and state primary election. The South Dakota Democratic Party does allow voters registered as no party affiliation/independent to vote in their primary election.
August 2, 2016
Last day for independent presidential candidates to file nominating petitions with the Secretary of State. (SDCL 12-7-7)
November 8, 2016
General Election Day
Primary Election Candidates
South Dakota has two recognized political parties which may participate in the primary election--the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. These parties have adopted procedures according to law (SDCL 12-5-3.6) for selection of their delegates to the national political party conventions. This information is available from the party central committees. Their addresses and phone numbers are as follows:
South Dakota Democratic Party
PO Box 1485
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone (605) 271-5405
South Dakota Republican Party
Pierre, SD 57501-1099
Phone: (605) 224-7347
SDCL 12-5-3.8 provides "If a political party chooses to have a primary for selection of its delegates and alternates to the national convention, the party shall certify the candidate names or the delegate and alternate slates which are to be listed on the primary ballot to the Secretary of State by the last Tuesday in March preceding the primary by five p.m. Only candidates or slates certified may be placed on the ballot by the Secretary of State and the position of the candidates or slates on the primary ballot shall be chosen by lot by the Secretary of State. The certification shall be deemed to be filed if mailed by registered mail by five p.m. on the last Tuesday in March."
SDCL 12-5-3.14 provides "Any candidate, committee, or group supporting a candidate in any presidential primary, shall, by the last Tuesday in March prior to the presidential primary election, notify the Secretary of State of an intention to have the name of the candidate placed on the presidential primary election ballot or submit a slate of candidates or both."
New Political Parties
A political party may become a recognized party by filing the appropriate new party formation petitions containing 6,936 signatures of registered South Dakota voters (SDCL 12-5-1). These petitions must be filed by March 29, 2016. A recognized party would adopt their own procedures on how to select delegates to their national convention and would have their own party column on the general election ballot.
5:02:08:06. Form of declaration for new political party.
Independent candidates for president may be on the general election ballot by petition. Any person interested in becoming a candidate must file a certification with the Secretary of State indicating the name of the candidate's vice-presidential running mate prior to circulating petitions to put the names of the presidential electors on the general election ballot (SDCL 12-7-7).
The petitions must contain signatures of 2,774 registered South Dakota voters. Petitions may be circulated beginning on January 1, 2016, and filed between January 1, 2016 and August 2, 2016, with the Secretary of State.
Petition and certification forms are prescribed by the State Board of Elections and are available from the Secretary of State's Office.
5:02:08:05.01. Independent candidate declaration of candidacy and certification of running mate.
5:02:08:20. Certificate of nomination for Independent presidential electors.
There are no separate campaign finance reporting requirements at the state level for federal candidates.
South Dakota does not assess a filing fee for presidential candidates.
Write-in votes are not allowed.
South Dakota has three electoral votes.
There are no requirements on the form of a candidate's name on a presidential primary ballot in South Dakota.
Process of Presidential Candidacy in South Dakota
A presidential candidate must submit a letter of intent (on his/her campaign letterhead including the signature of the candidate) by the filing deadline. The state political party must also certify that candidate and a slate of delegates for that candidate by the filing deadline.
The presidential primary candidates are listed on the primary election ballot along with a slate of delegates & alternates (which are certified to our office from the state political party) for that candidate. The slate of delegates & alternates that receives the most votes are elected as the winner. The presidential primary races are really just electing the slate of delegates & alternates that will attend the national convention to vote for that party’s candidate to be certified by the national political party as the party candidate for the general election. So you will see the candidate names on the primary ballot and you mark the candidate of your choice, but you are really voting for the slate of delegates listed for that candidate. The national political party will determine which candidate will be certified to the states as their party candidate for the general election (only one candidate per party can be certified).
The national political party will certify the name of the candidate to the Secretary of State. The state convention shall nominate candidates for presidential electors. The general election ballot will list the name of the presidential candidate along with his/her vice president and underneath those names it will state “electors.” The candidate that is elected will allow those three electors to meet in the Governor’s Office on the date directed by the United States Congress to perform their duties of casting South Dakota’s three electoral votes for that party’s presidential/vice presidential candidates.
Example of the section on the general election ballot pertaining to the presidential electors:
12-24-1. Elector's notice to Governor of readiness to perform duties--Certificate of names presented to electors. Each elector of President and vice president of the United States shall, before the hour of eleven o'clock in the morning of the day fixed by the act of Congress to elect a President and vice president, give notice to the Governor that he is at the seat of government and ready at the proper time to perform the duties of an elector; and the Governor shall forthwith deliver to the electors present a certificate of all the names of the electors.
12-24-2. Replacement of elector failing to appear. If any elector named in the Governor's certificate fails to appear before nine o'clock in the morning of the day of election of President and vice president as aforesaid, the electors there present shall immediately proceed to elect by ballot, in the presence of the Governor, a person to fill such vacancy. If more than one person voted for to fill such vacancy shall have the highest and an equal number of votes, the Governor, in the presence of the electors attending, shall decide by lot which of such persons shall be elected.
12-24-3. Notice to and powers of elector chosen to fill vacancy. Immediately after such choice is made, the name of the person so chosen shall forthwith be certified to the Governor by the electors making such choice; and the Governor shall cause notice to be immediately given, in writing, to the elector chosen to fill such vacancy; and the person so chosen shall be an elector and shall meet the other electors at the same time and place, and then and there discharge all and singular the duties enjoined upon him as an elector by the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state.
12-24-4. Time and place of performance of constitutional duties by electors. The electors of President and vice president shall, at twelve noon on the day which is or may be directed by the Congress of the United States, meet at the seat of government of this state and then and there perform the duties enjoined upon them by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
12-24-5. Compensation and mileage of electors. The electors shall receive the same compensation per diem and the same mileage as members of the Legislature.
Electoral College Process:
The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.
Under the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allocated 3 electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College. For this reason, in the following discussion, the word “state” also refers to the District of Columbia.
The presidential election is held every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.
Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate. However, Maine and Nebraska each have a variation of “proportional representation.” Read more about the allocation of Electors among the states and try to predict the outcome of the Electoral College vote.
The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Your state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors. Your state’s Certificates of Votes are sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election. See the key upcoming election dates and information about the roles and responsibilities of state officials and the Congress in the Electoral College process.
Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct the official tally of electoral votes. (On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed Pub.L. 112-228, as passed by both houses of Congress, moving the day of the vote count from January 6, 2013 (a Sunday) to January 4, 2013.) See the key upcoming election dates and information about the role and responsibilities of Congress in the Electoral College process.
The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.
The President-Elect takes the oath of office and is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th in the year following the Presidential election.
Distribution of Electoral Votes
Electoral votes are allocated based on the Census.
The allocations below are based on the 2010 Census.
They are effective for the 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential elections. Total Electoral Votes: 538; Majority Needed to Elect: 270