South Dakota Headlights on Locomotives Required (1910)

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The South Dakota Headlights on Locomotives Required Referendum was on the November 8, 1910 ballot in South Dakota as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure overturned a law requiring electric headlights for locomotives. A "no" vote was in favor of repealing the legislation and a "yes" vote favored upholding it.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Headlights on Locomotives Required Referendum (1910)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No49,93856.84%
Yes 37,914 43.16%

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.[3]


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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. According to economic historian Charles Beard, the measure's placement on the ballot and defeat were in part caused by the railroad industry's interest in seeing the law repealed.[1]

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