South Dakota Local Liquor Option Initiative (1908)

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The South Dakota Local Liquor Option Initiative was on the November 3, 1908 ballot in South Dakota as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have provided for the licensing, restriction and regulation of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors and spirits by local governments. It would have allowed for any township, town or city to vote on granting permits to allow the sale of intoxicating liquors within their limits. The initiative was known as Senate Bill 287 once it was submitted to the South Dakota State Legislature.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Local Liquor Option Initiative (1908)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No41,40551.45%
Yes 39,075 48.55%

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 full text of the initiative was printed on the ballot followed by the question:[3]

Shall the above law become a law of this state?[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota

A petition was filed with the South Dakota Secretary of State that had been signed by more than 5 percent of the qualified electors of the state. The measure was submitted to the South Dakota State Legislature, where it was known as Senate Bill 287. The legislature enacted the measure, thereby submitting it to the next general election ballot for voter approval.[2]

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