Spotlight on South Dakota Secretary of State amidst possible referendum
Residents opposing a statewide smoking ban are waiting for the Secretary's office to veryify approximately 10,000 petition signatures. Signatures were turned in to Nelson's office in order to send the law to a statewide vote, which could appear on the South Dakota ballot as early as November 2010. The petition was challenged, which lead to the current verification process, and Nelson is unsure how long that would take to complete.
According to Nelson: “I know both sides of the measure are anxious for it to conclude.”