South Dakota secret ballot measure petition dropped
PIERRE, South Dakota: A petition campaign to place a measure on the 2010 ballot in South Dakota aimed at protecting the right to secret ballots in union elections was dropped this past week. Instead secret ballot supporters have decided to pursue a different route to place the measure on the ballot - the the state legislature. Matt Konenkamp, a spokesman for Save Our Secret Ballots South Dakota, said,"The petition drive was going very well. We saw the complications the smoking-ban people ran into, and we didn't want to spend our resources fighting something like that."
The same initiative has 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.