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State Capitol Building in Pierre
State Capitol Building in Pierre
July 21, 2017

Voter Petition Deadline Being Discussed by Task Force

Members of the state Legislature's task force on initiatives and referendums has brought up the topic of again moving the deadline for filing voter-signed petitions that seek changes to South Dakota laws. According to the Rapid City Journal, the current debate is about giving voters more time to obtain the necessary signatures in order get the petitions to state offices in time to put the measures on the next ballot.

Currently, petitions must be submitted to the Secretary of State's office one year beffore the election in which they will appear on the ballot. A proposal by Ryan Nesiba would allow petitioners to gather signatures until June 30th of the election year. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs indicated that this may create problems, as ballots are required to be published by August 1st before the election. However, Secretary Krebs noted that the time could be added on from the beginning of the signature gathering period instead. 

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