South Dakota Congressional Districts Creation (1910)

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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.[1][2][3]

Aftermath

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.[2][4]

Election results

South Dakota Congressional Districts Creation Referendum (1910)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No48,88364.49%
Yes 26,918 35.51%

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

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.[5]


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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota

This measure was placed on the ballot by a referendum petition.

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