Secretary of State Shantel Krebs called me a few minutes ago to inform me that Senate Bill 69 will now be known as Referred Law 19.
Yes, that petition I submitted this morning had enough signatures to place SB 69, the Incumbent Protection Plan, on hold and submit it to a vote of the people of South Dakota on November 8, 2016.
- Our count of SB 69 signatures submitted: 16,715.
- Secretary Krebs’s count of SB 69 signatures submitted: 16,819.
- Secretary Krebs’s calculated number of valid signatures: 14,179.
- Minimum signatures required to make the ballot: 13,871.
- Calculated signature error/invalid rate: 15.7%.
- Maximum allowable error/invalid rate: 17.5%.
- Signatures to spare: 308.
Signers and circulators, you people rock. Well done!
Secretary Krebs, her deputy Kea Warne, and her petition review team aren’t too shabby, either. In her first time at the petition plate, Secretary Krebs was able to fully process a referendum petition containing nearly 17,000 signatures in a little over eight hours.
After that long, hard day, Team Krebs is hitting the sack for the night. They’ll take up SB 177, the youth minimum wage, tomorrow. We’ve got Referred Law 19 (which now does not take effect, which means our 2016 candidates will not suffer the unnecessary burdens of this anti-democracy, anti-voter proposal from our Legislature); sit tight tomorrow to see whether we get Referred Law 20!
Update 2015.06.30 09:48 CDT: Here’s the picture Secretary Krebs posted to Twitter on her way out the Capitol doors last night: