South Dakota Congressional Districts Creation (1910)
The South Dakota Congressional Districts Creation Referendum was on the November 8, 1910 ballot in South Dakota as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure would have divided the state into congressional districts.
A candidate for one of the new congressional districts created by the overturned act challenged the referendum in court. The candidate claimed that Section 4 of Article I of the United States Constitution gave the power to prescribe the manner of holding elections for representatives to the state legislatures. The South Dakota Supreme Court, however, ruled that "legislature" meant the lawmaking power, including the people. This upheld the results of the referendum vote.
|South Dakota Congressional Districts Creation Referendum (1910)|
Text of measure
The 1910 statewide ballots for referendas were over six feet long in fine print because the laws at the time required the printing of the full text of each measure, as opposed to a ballot title or summary of the measures.
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Path to the ballot
This measure was placed on the ballot by a referendum petition.
- South Dakota 1910 ballot measures
- 1910 ballot measures
- List of South Dakota ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in South Dakota
- South Dakota Political Almanac, Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968
- Oberholtzer, E. P. (1911). The Referendum in America. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
- Loeb, I. (1932). "Recent Controversies Regarding Congressional Districts." Washington University Law Review. 17(3). 211-220.
- South Dakota Political Almanac, "Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968," accessed May 22, 2014
- Horner, H. R. (1912). Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota from the Decisions of June 18, 1910, to and Including Decisions of December 28, 1910. Pierre: State Publishing Co.
- Lowell, A. L. (1921). Public Opinion and Popular Government. New York: Longmans, Green and Co.
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