January 7, 2016 •
Bill to be Introduced to Change Signature Requirements for South Dakota Ballot Initiatives
South Dakota Rep. Jim Bolin believes ballot initiatives should require support from voters across the state prior to being added to a ballot. He plans to introduce a bill limiting the number of signatures from the state’s three largest counties by population to no more than 50 percent of the signatures obtained. According to U.S. Census data, those three counties account for nearly 40 percent of the state’s population.
Bolin claims the signatures gathered in the three counties do not always represent the interest of the entire state. Ballot measure sponsors, however, do not want to restrict a voter’s right to be considered qualified based on his or her county of residence.
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