South Dakota State Constabulary Abolition (1922)

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The South Dakota State Constabulary Abolition Initiative was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in South Dakota as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have abolished the office of state sheriff, deputies and detective service. It would have repealed Sections 10226 and 10234 of the South Dakota Revised Code of 1919.[2]

Election results

South Dakota State Constabulary Abolition Initiative (1922)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No96,24159.98%
Yes 64,221 40.02%

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968

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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota

A petition signed by more than 5 percent of the state's qualified electors was filed with the secretary of state's office. At the time, South Dakota had an indirect initiated state statute system. Therefore, the secretary of state transmitted the proposed law to the House and Senate, where it was known as House Bill 366. The legislature, in turn, choose to submit the matter to a popular vote, rather than enacting the measure directly.[2]

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