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South Dakota 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Education: Higher Ed | State Government

    Constitutional Amendment R: Governing Technical Education Institutes Amendment

    Proposes and submits to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article XIV of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authority of the Board of Regents. Empowers the legislature to determine by who postsecondary technical education institutes shall be governed.

    Yes178,18750.6 %
    No173,92449.4 %
    Criminal Justice

    Constitutional Amendment S: An Act to Expand Rights for Crime Victims

    Under the amendment, the rights provided to a victim generally include: protection from harassment or abuse; the right to privacy; timely notice of all trial, sentence, and post-judgment proceedings including pardon or parole; the right to confer with the attorney for the government; and the opportunity to provide input during all phases of the criminal justice process. Victims will be given written notification of their rights.

    Yes215,26259.6 %
    No146,07340.4 %
    Legislatures | Redistricting

    Constitutional Amendment T: State Legislative Redistricting by a Commission Amendment

    State senators and representatives are elected from within legislative districts. The South Dakota Constitution currently requires the Legislature to establish these legislative districts every ten years. This measure removes that authority from the Legislature and grants it to a redistricting commission. The commission is made up of nine registered voters selected each redistricting year by the State Board of Elections from a pool of up to 30 applicants. This pool consists of applicants registered with South Dakota's two largest political parties (ten from each), and ten not registered with either of those parties. A commission member must have the same party registration, or be registered as unaffiliated with a party, for three continuous years immediately prior to appointment.

    Yes149,92643.0 %
    No198,95557.0 %
    Banking & Financial Services

    Constitutional Amendment U: Statutory Interest Rate Limits for Loans Amendment

    Under this constitutional amendment, there is no limit on the amount of interest a lender may charge for a loan of money if the interest rate is agreed to in writing by the borrower. If there is no written agreement, however, a lender may not charge more than 18%o interest per year. A law setting an interest rate for loans is not valid unless the law gives the lender and borrower the ability to agree to a different rate. If an interest rate for loans is established by law. it must apply to every type of lender.

    Yes130,60636.7 %
    No224,85063.3 %

    Constitutional Amendment V: Establishment of Nonpartisan Elections Amendment

    Currently, most general election candidates for federal, state, and county offices are selected through a partisan primary or at a state party convention. This constitutional amendment eliminates those methods by establishing a nonpartisan primary to select candidates for all federal, state, and elected offices. This amendment does not apply to elections for United States President and Vice President. Under the amendment, candidates are not identified by party affiliation on the primary or general election ballot. All qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for any candidate of their choice.

    Yes157,84444.5 %
    No196,76755.5 %

    Measure 19: An Act to Revise State Laws Regarding Elections and Election Petitions

    Changes the deadlines and timeframes for election-related document submission. Prohibits voters registered with a political party from signing the nomination petition for an independent candidate.

    Yes98,64928.9 %
    No242,10771.0 %
    Banking & Financial Services

    Measure 21: Maximum Finance Charge for Certain Money Lenders

    Prohibits certain State-licensed money lenders from making a loan that imposes total interest, fees, and charges at an annual percentage rate greater than 36%. This measure also prohibits these money lenders from evading this rate limitation through indirect means. A violation of this measure is a misdemeanor crime. In addition, a loan made in violation of this measure is void, and any principal, fee, interest, or charge is uncollectable.

    Yes270,278 75.6 %
    No87,34724.4 %
    Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance

    Measure 22: Revisions to Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws

    This measure extensively revises State campaign finance laws. It requires additional disclosures and increased reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees; political parties; and candidates for statewide, legislative, or county office. It also imposes limits on contributions from candidate campaign committees, political action committees, and political parties. The measure creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. Under the program, two $50.credits" are issued to each registered voter, who assigns them to participating candidates.

    Yes180,58051.6 %
    No169,22048.4 %
    Labor & Employment

    Measure 23: Fees for Services Provided by Non-profits and Corporate Organizations.

    The measure gives corporate organizations and non-profit organizations the right to charge a fee for any service provided. This measure takes effect on JuIy 1. 2017.

    Yes71,24020.3 %
    No279,45379.7 %
    Business & Commerce | Labor & Employment

    Referred Law 20 : An Act Lowering the Youth Minimum Wage

    Lowers the existing State minimum wage to $7.50 per hour for non-tipped employees under age 18. In addition, no annual cost-of-living wage adjustment would be required for the youth minimum wage.

    Yes104,17228.9 %
    No256,65871.1 %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 70 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    State Senate - All 35 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016.
    US House - Incumbent Kristi Noem (R) will face Paula Hawks (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016.
    US Senate - Voters in South Dakota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Local Government
    School board - Two South Dakota school districts were among America's largest school districts by enrollment in the 2012–2013 school year. Both districts had elections in 2016 for a total of four seats.
    South Dakota Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

    South Dakota is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. South Dakota state law does not permit write-in presidential candidates

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    South Dakota Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(70)
    State Senators(35)
    US Representatives(1)
    US Senators(2)
    State Executives
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    June 20, 2017
    South Dakota : Special Election Day: Combine with the school
    June 5, 2018
    South Dakota : Primary Election Day
    November 6, 2018
    South Dakota : General Election Day