South Dakotans will see a thinner ballot for 2010

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June 11, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

PIERRE, South Dakota: 2010 marks a relatively light year for ballot measures in South Dakota. In the past decade South Dakotans have seen an average of six measures on the statewide ballot, most of which were legislatively-referred. In 2006 voters saw as many as 11 measures, more than half of which were citizen initiated. This year, voters will see two legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, one veto referendum and one initiated state statute. The last time voters saw a veto referendum on the ballot was in 2006 - Abortion Ban Referendum. The referendum was defeated 56% to 44%.

Measures scheduled to appear on the ballot include: November 2:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment K Elections Protects the right to secret ballots in federal, state, and union representation elections Approveda
LRCA Amendment L Gov't Finances Repeals the automatic annual transfer of $12 million from the trust fund to the state general fund Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 13 Marijuana Proposes legalization of medical marijuana Defeatedd
VR Referendum 12 Tobacco Extends smoking ban to apply statewide Approveda


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