SOS Press Release: Potential Recount in Legislative Districts 16 and 30

Potential Recount in Legislative Districts 16 and 30

The only possible recounts from last night’s June 7th primary are from Legislative Districts 16 and 30. No other candidate can request a recount.

The official state canvass is set to be held on Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00am Central Standard Time at the State Capitol in room 414.

According to South Dakota Codified Law 12-21-11 if any legislative district comprises more than one county, any candidate for election to or nomination for the Legislature who, according to the official returns, has been defeated by a margin not exceeding two percent of the total vote cast for all candidates for such office may, within three days after completion of the official canvass of the returns, file a petition as set forth in § 12-21-10 with the county auditor of each county. Each county auditor shall then conduct a recount.

In the District 16 (Lincoln and Union Counties) election for State Representative the three candidates are:

Name Votes Percentage
David L. Anderson 1,166 40.50
Kevin D. Jensen 874 30.36
William “Bill” Shorma 839 29.14

In the District 30 (Custer, Fall River and Pennington Counties) election for State Representative the 5 candidates are:

Name Votes Percentage
Tim R. Goodwin 1,508 22.01
Julie Frye-Mueller 1,460 21.31
Richard Mounce 1,445 21.09
Travis Lasseter 1,230 17.96
Marilyn J. Oakes 1,207 17.62

South Dakota Codified Law pertaining to legislative recounts.

SDCL 12-21-11.   Complete recount on candidate’s petition in close election in joint legislative district.  If any legislative district comprises more than one county, any candidate for election to or nomination for the Legislature who, according to the official returns, has been defeated by a margin not exceeding two percent of the total vote cast for all candidates for such office may, within three days after completion of the official canvass of the returns, file a petition as set forth in § 12-21-10 with the county auditor of each county. Each county auditor shall then conduct a recount.

12-21-11.1.   Notice to secretary of state of petition filed with county auditor. Whenever a petition for recount is filed with the county auditor for an election which has been canvassed by the State Board of Canvassers, the county auditor shall notify the secretary of state of the petition for recount.

12-21-2.   Composition and appointment of county recount board–Oath to act in good faith and with impartiality. The county recount board of each county which conducts a recount authorized by this chapter shall consist of a recount referee and two voters of the county to be appointed by the presiding judge of the circuit court for that county, and shall provide for representation of the two political parties with the largest party registration in that county. The recount referee shall be a duly qualified member of the bar of the State of South Dakota and a member of the political party which polled the largest number of votes for Governor in the county in the last gubernatorial election. Prior to serving, each member of the recount board shall take an oath that the member will act in good faith and with impartiality. The state board of elections shall prescribe the oath to be taken.

12-21-20.   Notice to circuit judge of recount petition–Appointment and convening of recount board. The county auditor, immediately on the due filing of any petition for a recount or upon receipt from the secretary of state of notice of such filing with the secretary of state, shall notify in writing, with the seal of the auditor’s office, the presiding judge of the circuit court for the auditor’s county. The presiding judge shall appoint a board, pursuant to § 12-21-2, for each county in the circuit in which a recount is to be conducted. The presiding judge may appoint the board anytime within thirty days prior to a primary or general election or upon the filing of the petition for recount. The board shall then convene in the office of the county auditor on the second Monday at nine a.m. following the filing of the petition. However, if the second Monday is a legal holiday, the board shall convene at nine a.m. of the day following. The county auditor shall provide the recount board with laws, rules, and forms to use in conducting the recount. The board shall then proceed with the recount.

12-21-39.   Reconvening of state canvassers after recount–Recanvass and corrected abstract. The secretary of state shall file all certificates involved in the recount as to any office, nomination, position, or question that have been received from the county recount boards. The secretary of state shall fix a time and place as early as reasonably possible for reconvening the State Board of Canvassers and shall notify the members of the State Board of Canvassers. The State Board of Canvassers shall reconvene at the time and place so designated and recanvass the official returns as to the office, nomination, or position, as corrected by the certificates. The State Board of Canvassers shall make a new and corrected abstract of the votes cast and declare the person elected or nominated as the case may be or the determination of any question. The corrected abstract shall be signed by the members of the State Board of Canvassers in their official capacities and shall have the great seal of the state affixed. The corrected abstract shall be filed by the secretary of state.

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