Welcome to the Ballot Question Information page. In this section users will find information, provided by the South Dakota Secretary of State's office.
2022 Information Coming Soon
REFERENDUM PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), JUNE 29, 2020
Referring a State Law
PROPOSED BALLOT MEASURE PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), NOVEMBER 4, 2019
Click here to view the handout on How to Submit and Circulate a 2020 Statewide Ballot Question Petition
Click here to view the Proof of Circulator Residency form- (As of July 1, 2020, this form is no longer required)
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.
Challenging ballot question petitions
Click here to find information on Challenging a Statewide Ballot Question
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. - updated petition coming soon
5:02:08:08. Form of Statewide referendum petition. - updated petition coming soon
5:02:08:09. Form of Statewide initiated constitutional amendment petition or initiated petition for repeal of constitutional provision. - updated petition coming soon