So far the South Dakota Blogosphere votes 4–1 against Senate Bill 69, the petition reform bill that mutated into an attack on voting rights. Joining me in calling on Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto this bad piece of legislation are Libertarian Ken Santema:
…the SD Board of Elections should ask for the bill to be vetoed. Their name is on this bill. The bill was mutilated so badly during the legislative process that I cannot believe the board would still want to be associated with such a piece of legislation. It would be best at this time to ask for the Governor to veto the bill and come into the 2015 legislative session with a new set of bills ready to truly look at reforming the nominating petition process without inadvertently trying to restrict ballot access [link added; Ken Santema, “The SD Board of Elections Should Ask for SB 69 to Be Vetoed,” SoDakLiberty, 2015.03.17].
…Republican gadfly and 2014 Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie:
Making it more difficult for Independent candidate serves the purpose of maintaining the Republican strangle-hold on South Dakota politics. SB 69 isn’t good for South Dakota. If you agree, contact the Governors office an urge him to veto this bad bill.
Eliminating Independent candidates is not good for South Dakota [Gordon Howie, “Eliminating Independent Candidates,” The Right Side, 2015.03.17].
…and (gulp!) Steve Sibson:
The SDGOP Establishment see a real threat when their liberal candidates win primaries and conservatives decide they want another option by going to an Independent candidate. I am sure Cory could care less about that reason for opposing SB 69. But I give him credit for being right on this issue.
…SB69 is designed to add more power to that “super majority”. But perhaps that huge road tax bill went too far and conservatives across South Dakota will wake up and see the true SDGOP [Steve Sibson, “SDGOP Establishment Passed SB69 in Order to Reduce Election Year Competition and Maintain Their Taxandspendican Party’s Tyranny,” Sibby Online, 2015.03.17].
The South Dakota Blogosphere represents folks who pay extra attention to voting rights and ballot access. If such attentive observers are 4–1 against Senate Bill 69, and that opposition is coming from such diverse ideological corners, perhaps there really is something vetoably wrong with Senate Bill 69.