Secretary of State Shantel Krebs needs some big help fast from the Legislature to have South Dakota’s election laws ready for the June primaries. The House Local Government Committee endorsed five bills Thursday from Krebs and the state Board of Elections. No one testified against any of them. The committee voted 13-0 for each one. Many of the changes are necessary to correct a problem caused by partisan exuberance in the 2015 session.
Republican legislators last year rolled an assortment of additions into Krebs’ SB 69. Democrats and independents objected and after the 2015 session ended they referred SB 69 to a statewide public vote, putting its various provisions on hold until this November.
That left Krebs, the state Board of Elections and county auditors across South Dakota in a mish-mash, with new laws that didn’t match existing laws that SB 69 was supposed to change.