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2016 Ballot Questions

Ballot Question Info Pamphlet

Listen to the 2016 Ballot Question Pamphlet

Attorney General's Yes/No Recitations

2016 Statewide Ballot Measures Full Text Document

Legislative Research Council Comments for 2016 Ballot Measures

Random Sample Invalid Rate on Statewide Ballot Measure Petitions

2016 Ballot Question Tracking Spreadsheet

2016 Ballot Question Sponsor Contact Information

Statewide constitutional amendments, initiated and referred measures, receiving approval by a majority vote, will become effective the day after the State Canvass.

2016 General Election Ballot Measures

2016 Ballot Measures Petition Bill #
Challenged Fiscal
Constitutional Amendment R -
(2015) Constitutional Amendment relating to the authority of the Board of Regents
N/A HJR 1003 N/A AG's Explanation N/A N/A

Referred Law 19 - An Act to revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions

Petition SB 69 06/29/2015 AG's Explanation N/A N/A
Referred Law 20 - An Act to establish a youth minimum wage Petition SB 177 6/30/2015 AG's Explanation N/A N/A
Constitutional Amendment S - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to expand the rights for crime victims Petition N/A 12/21/2015 AG's Explanation N/A N/A
Constitutional Amendment T - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to provide for state legislative redistricting by a commission Petition N/A 12/24/2015 AG's Explanation N/A N/A
Initiated Measure 21 - An initiated measure to set a maximum finance charge for certain licensed money lenders (36%) Petition N/A 12/28/2015 AG's Explanation Challenge
- Challenge unsuccessful
Constitutional Amendment U - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution limiting the ability to set statutory interest rates for loans (18%) Petition N/A 01/04/2016 AG's Explanation Challenge submitted 02/03/2016 - Challenge unsuccessful N/A
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. Petition N/A 01/06/2016 AG's Explanation N/A Fiscal
Constitutional Amendment V - An initiated amendment  to the South Dakota Constitution establishing nonpartisan elections Petition N/A 01/08/2016 AG's Explanation N/A N/A
Initiated Measure 23 - An initiated measure to give certain organizations the right to charge fees Petition N/A 01/19/2016 AG's Explanation N/A N/A

Petitions that did not meet the signature requirements

  1. Petition - An initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use- Sponsor confirmed 16,631 signatures submitted - Rejected 02/03/2016- Challenge submitted on 03/03/2016. Challenge unsuccessful, 05/27/2016.

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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