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.
| South Dakota Woman's Suffrage Referendum (1890)|
|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:
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."
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.