Rapid City businessman and former legislator Stan Adelstein has come out in favor of nonpartisan elections for South Dakota. In an opinion piece for the Rapid City Journal, he outlines why he supports Amendment V. He points out that many elections in South Dakota are determined during the primaries. Since Republicans have a closed primary, the 115,000 South Dakotans registered as Independents have no voice.
Adelstein was a Republican legislator, but the Republican Party officially opposes the amendment. Pro and con statements on the amendment are featured on page 7 of the Secretary of State's 2016 Ballot Questions.
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