Welcome to the Ballot Question Information page. In this section users will find information, provided by the South Dakota Secretary of State's office.
REFERENDUM PETITIONS ARE DUE - (90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session) - June 28, 2021 by 5:00 PM (CT)
Referring a State Law
PROPOSED BALLOT MEASURE PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), NOVEMBER 8, 2021
Click here to view the handout on How to Submit and Circulate a 2022 Statewide Ballot Question Petition
Changes effective July 1, 2021
NOTE: A separate affidavit will have to be submitted for each sponsor.
5:02:08:07.02 Affidavit to be submitted with initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition to be circulated.
5:02:08:07.01. Affidavit to be filed with completed Statewide initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition.
To file a Statement of Organization for a Ballot Question Committee, via our online system, click here. You may also download a paper form from that same link.
SD Legislative Research Council, 605-773-3251
Office of the SD Attorney General, 605-773-3215
WARNING: State law requires that each petition sheet be self-contained. This means that the petition heading, instructions to signers, signature lines and circulator's verification must all be printed on each sheet prior to circulation. The sheet must be printed on front and back. You CANNOT tape, staple or glue the front and back sides together. You CANNOT include sheets with signature lines only. If you have any questions about how to correctly prepare a petition sheet, please call the elections department at 773-3537.
5:02:08:07. Form of Statewide initiative petition.
5:02:08:08. Form of Statewide referendum petition.
5:02:08:09. Form of Statewide initiated constitutional amendment petition or initiated petition for repeal of constitutional provision.