After Constitutional Party Candidates Lori Stacey who was running for Congress and Curtis Strong who was running for Governor announced their runs for office, they had a pretty easy job of collecting 250 signatures.
But, apparently that was not as easy as it sounds, as neither is a candidate for office according to the Secretary of State. And according to Ballot Access News, it sounds as if at least one of them is going to court over it:
On March 28, the Secretary of State determined that the party’s gubernatorial nominee, Curtis Strong, only submitted 238 valid signatures of party members and won’t be on the party’s primary ballot. In South Dakota, all ballot-qualified parties nominate by primary for Governor and Congress, although party conventions nominate candidates for lesser statewide offices.
The candidate submitted 262 signatures. He has copies of all the signatures and has checked the registration of each of the signers, and believes all of his signatures are valid. The party only has 441 registered members in South Dakota.
The Constitution Party will do its best to litigate, because if its gubernatorial candidate is kept off the party’s primary ballot, it will lose its qualified status. This problem is very similar to the problem the Ohio Libertarian Party is fighting. As in Ohio, the Constitution Party’s gubernatorial candidate is unopposed, so all he needs is one vote in the party’s primary. South Dakota does not permit write-in voting.
Of course, under that article, Lori Stacey and Curtis Strong howl to the moon in the comment section.
Speaking of Lori Stacey, there was no indication as to the disposition of her petitions. However her website at http://www.loriforcongress.net is nothing but memory parked at godaddy.com at this point, while Curtis Strong’s remains up and defiant.