Signature requirements for ballot measures in South Dakota

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This page details signature requirements for statewide ballot measures in South Dakota.
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Signature requirements

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota

The number of signatures required in South Dakota is based on the number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election. The most recent gubernatorial election in South Dakota was in 2010, when Dennis Daugaard (R) was re-elected. The next gubernatorial election is in November 2014. Since the number of votes cast was lower in 2010 than in 2006, the signature requirements for 2012 have been lowered.

These numbers applied to the general election on November 6th, 2012: In South Dakota, signatures are tied to the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election. For statutes or veto referendums, signatures equal to 5% of this vote are required. For constitutional amendments, signatures equal to 10% are required.

Year Constitutional Amendment Statute Veto referendum
2014 31,708 15,854 15,854
2012 31,708 15,854 15,854
2010 33,551 16,776 16,776
2008 33,551 16,776 16,776

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: South Dakota Constitution, Article III, Section 1 & Article III, Section 1

Basis for calculation

Recall requirements

See also: Laws governing recall in South Dakota

Recall of local municipal elected officials is available in South Dakota, according to Sections 13(29) through 13(35) of Chapter 9 of South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL).

§9-13-30 says that in order to qualify a recall election for the ballot, "A petition signed by fifteen percent of the registered voters of the municipality [must be submitted], based upon the total number of registered voters at the last preceding general election."

Deadlines

Initiative language can be submitted at any time. The maximum allowable time for circulation is one year.

2014

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014

The 2014 filing deadline to submit signatures for initiated statutes and initiated constitutional amendments was November 4, 2013.[2]

2012

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2012

For 2012, the deadline to submit signatures for initiated statutes was November 1, 2011 and for initiated constitutional amendments was November 7, 2011.[3]

2010

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2010

For 2010 initiated constitutional amendments, the deadline for submitting signatures was November 2, 2009. For 2010 initiated statutes, the deadline for submitting signatures was April 6, 2010.

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