Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says an initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution establishing nonpartisan elections will appear on the November ballot. Krebs says the measure’s sponsor turned in more than 44,000 signatures to her office. A 5-percent random sampling determined that 67.8 percent of the signatures the 29,924 signatures were in good standing, more than 2,000 above what is necessary for an amendment.
If approved by voters, candidates would not be identified by party affiliation on either the primary or general election ballot. It would not apply to elections for U.S. president.
It’s the sixth initiated measure to be approved by Secretary of State’s office out of eight submitted for review. The other two are being reviewed.