Release – Krebs rejects vote by mail measure

Krebs rejects vote by mail measure

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure allowing certain elections to be conducted through a voting-by-mail process was rejected by her office.

“An initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballot,” stated Secretary Krebs. “This initiated measure petition submitted 15,718 signatures, only 10,955 were found to be valid after the random sampling.”

(15,718 x 69.70% validity rate = 10,955 valid signatures, not meeting the 13,871 signature requirement).

A rejected petition cannot be challenged to the office of the Secretary of State, however that does not prohibit a citizen from challenging the denial of a ballot question petition in circuit court.

The remaining two ballot question petitions will be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office in the order in which they were received.

South Dakota citizens also have the ability to submit a referendum petition concerning laws passed during the 2018 Legislative session.

For more detailed information on potential 2018 Ballot Questions, click here.

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13 Replies to “Release – Krebs rejects vote by mail measure”

  1. Anonymous

    Great news! I am glad it did not make the ballot.

    Always thought it was ironic we would have to go vote for the right not to vote that same way anymore

  2. Springer

    I think voters are finally becoming smarter and not signing every petition thrust in front of them. Good!!

        1. Anonymous

          KM,

          The argument is that his campaign manager, Jason Glodt, was the pusher of Marsy’s law and it is not liked by law enforcement and/or states attorneys, which are Marty’s base.

          I will admit that I wondered if that would effect Marty also, but it seems like the Sheriffs have lined up again with Marty, not sure about States Attorneys. However the Amendments seem to have broad consensus to vote YES and so he has avoided any controversy on the amendment.

          1. KM

            Much of the public were misinformed and mislead about Marsy’s law impact. How much is MJ to blame for the language of the bill, how it was promoted and how it was passed? Yes, JG has been somewhat controversial concerning support for Marsy’s law. However, I don’t think that’s enough of a reason to dismiss a vote for MJ.

            As you state, many sheriffs have lined up with MJ and the Amendments have support. So, as there may be an argument worth discussion, it does seem to be a weak one.

    1. Anonymous

      Michelle, do you have evidence that voters sign petitions that are ‘thrust in front of them’?

  3. John

    I agree Springer….glad to see this one fail.

    With 3,000 under the requirement that should discourage any appeal also.