Senator Mike Rounds Announces Opposition to Amendment V
Pierre, SD – September 22, 2016 – U.S. Senator Mike Rounds opposes Constitutional Amendment V as an out-of-state effort to hide information from South Dakota’s voters.
“South Dakota’s Constitution gives voters the right to know a candidate’s party on the ballot. Amendment V would strip voters of that right and instead allow candidates to hide information from voters. Voters deserve more,” said Senator Rounds.
Amendment V alters South Dakota’s constitution by merging the Democratic and Republican primaries into one primary and cuts off direct general election ballot access for Independent candidates. This is similar to the system in place in California. Amendment V also hides candidate party labels on the general election and primary election ballots.
“South Dakotans deserve to know that Amendment V is using 76% out-of-state money to put California’s merged primary system into our Constitution. South Dakota works. We should be proud of our state. We shouldn’t be looking to California for ideas on how our state should be run,” Rounds added.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives also officially opposed the measure.
“South Dakotans across the state are starting to see Amendment V for what it is: an out-of-state effort to hide the ball from voters. We are very thankful to have Senator Rounds join the fight to preserve South Dakota’s way of doing things.” said Will Mortenson, Chairman of South Dakotans Against Amendment V.
The Chairman of the pro-Amendment V ballot committee is a Democratic party boss and former statewide partisan candidate. South Dakotans Against Amendment V is an ad hoc effort consisting of agriculture groups, college students, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.
South Dakotans should vote NO on Amendment V in November. Voters can visitwww.VoteNoOnV.com to find more information.