Did you catch the story this AM at rapidcityjournal.com about the 10 minute statutory limit on the amount of time we have to vote:
It took me nearly 20 minutes, and that was only to decipher the scaled-down version of the numerous and complicated measures on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The problem is, according to South Dakota state statute 12-18-15, which carries the ominous heading, “Voting without delay — Maximum time in booth or machine — Re-entry prohibited,” by law I’ll only have 10 minutes to cast my ballot that Tuesday.
Forget the contentious presidential election. Discount the congressional races. Disregard who is running for the state Legislature or the PUC. Those are easy decisions.
But South Dakota voters should be very afraid of the 10 constitutional amendments, referred laws and initiated measures facing South Dakota voters in this year’s general election. I know I am.
“The person voting shall cast his vote without delay,” the 1993 law commands. “No voter may occupy a voting booth or voting machine already occupied by another, nor occupy a voting booth or machine for more than 10 minutes.
A statutory 10 minutes to vote? That’s an interesting law that I dont think has ever come up before. But, this is an unusual year when we’ve been innundated with ballot measures.
The Secretary of State claims that the law wont’t be enforced. She can provide suggestions, but, I don’t think law enforcement is her department. And voting occurs at the county level.
That’s not to say that I think anyone is going to be arrested for it. States’ Attorneys have better things to do. But, the law exists.
With that fact of the ten minute time limit coming to light, I don’t think people out there want to break the law. So do you think there will be a new pressure for voters to just get through it?
And if so, will it mean that more people will just opt to vote “No on everything?”