South Dakota legislature approves secret ballot measure for 2010 ballot

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March 4, 2010

PIERRE, South Dakota: This week the South Dakota Legislature approved the proposed South Dakota Vote by Secret Ballot measure for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The measure, originally proposed as an initiated constitutional amendment was withdrawn in September 2009. The proposed measure calls for protecting the right to secret ballots in federal, state, and union representation elections. It was later picked up the state legislature and on February 10, 2010 the South Dakota State Senate approved the measure with a vote of 22-13.[1] The House approved the measure on March 2 with a 44-23 vote; placing it on the 2010 ballot.[2]

Similar measures have been filed in Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah. Currently, legislation, also known as the Employee Free Choice Act, is pending before the United States Congress that would remove that requirement from federal law.

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