Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Voting by Mail

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Voting by Mail

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State. This statement will appear on a petition that will be circulated by the sponsor of the initiated measure. If the sponsor obtains a sufficient number of signatures (13,871) by November 6, 2017, as certified by the Secretary of State, the initiated measure will be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 general election.

The initiated measure is entitled “An initiated measure allowing certain elections to be conducted through a voting-by-mail process.”

Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments. Specifically, the explanation includes a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed measure and a description of the legal consequences. The Attorney General Explanation is not a statement either for or against the proposed initiated measure.

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7 Replies to “Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Voting by Mail”

  1. Anonymous

    Hey lets have less transparency in government and voting! I need to know when the ballots are sent out so I can grab them out of everyone’s mailbox when they come so I can vote like I am in Chicago, many times!

    NO ON EVERYTHING!

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  2. KM

    Right…because nothing ever gets lost in the mail or delivered to the wrong address. Years have gone by and we still get mail for the previous owner. What a great idea./s

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  3. Anonymous

    If you take your civic duty as a citizen seriously, you will make the effort to vote; why do we need to make it so easy that it takes absolutely no effort? If you put more consideration into who you’d vote for on Dancing With the Stars than on who/what you will vote for, maybe you just shouldn’t vote.

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  4. Anonymous

    A little story on petitions.

    I was at the zoo this past Saturday and on the way to the ticket counter I was approached by a thin, balding guy with a sharp nose and gray hair. He asked if I was registered to vote in South Dakota. I said, “Yes, I certainly am”. He asked if I would like to sign a petition to have open primaries. I asked if he was a resident of South Dakota and could he provide me with an ID to that effect. He asked why I should want that, and I told him that it is illegal for those who aren’t residents of South Dakota to gather petition signatures for such a petition. He indicated that he wasn’t aware of that, and he high-tailed it the other way.

    This is an effective tool, though a friend of mine said I should have kept him talking as long as possible so that others would pass by and would not sign the petition.

    I wouldn’t have signed the petition for open primaries anyway, but it was fun to make him turn his liberal tail and run.

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      1. Anonymous

        I should have signed “Mickey Mouse” and asked him to take a pic with me because I was so proud I was supporting “Democracy”.

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