South Dakota Woman's Suffrage (1890)

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The South Dakota Woman's Suffrage Referendum was on the November 4, 1890 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have struck the word "male" from the sections of the South Dakota Constitution regarding elections and right of suffrage.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Woman's Suffrage Referendum (1890)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No45,68266.54%
Yes 22,972 33.46%

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 language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Shall the word 'male' be stricken from Section one of Article seven, of the constitution? Yes. No. All electors desiring to vote in favor of striking out the word "male" must erase the word "no." All voters desiring to vote against striking out the word "male" must erase the word "yes." [3]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes proposed by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the South Dakota Constitution

The South Dakota State Legislature can refer a proposed amendment to the state's voters through a majority vote.

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