Secretary of State Shantel Krebs received two referendum petitions this morning at the State Capitol. On behalf of thousands of South Dakotans, I submitted petitions to put Senate Bill 69 (the Incumbent Protection Plan) and Senate Bill 177 (the youth minimum wage) to a public vote.
Thank you, friends and neighbors, who helped gather signatures across the state to put these two anti-voter, anti-democracy bills to a vote!
Here are the key numbers:
- Signatures necessary to place referred measures on the ballot: 13,871.
- Signatures on SB 69 petition: 16,715.
- Signatures on SB 177 petition: 20,077.
- Error rate SB 69 petition can withstand: 17.0%.
- Error rate SB 177 petition can withstand: 30.9%.
Each petition must pass two tests to get Secretary Krebs’s certification. First, the Secretary’s staff will verify that the submitted sheets contain at least 13,871 facially complete signatures, with address, town, signing date, and county of registration. The Secretary will also verify that each sheet containing those signatures includes a complete and notarized circulator’s oath. If the Secretary finds that many complete and notarized signatures (and she will!), she then turns to the 5% random simple prescribed by statute. Staff will select 5% of the submitted signatures (836 for SB 69; 1,004 for SB 177) and check whether those signatories are indeed registered voters. The Secretary will then multiply that error rate by the total number of submitted signatures to determine whether each petition has met the 13,871 threshold.
No statute dictates a deadline for completing this certification process. However, Secretary Krebs says she is determined to complete the petition-certification process by 11:59 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 30. She wants to ensure that, if the referendum petitions do indeed win certification, that information is known in time to stop the laws from taking effect on July 1. (Kudos to the Secretary for her willingness to put in overtime on her first ballot-measure certification!)
These two petitions will be the only two on Secretary Krebs’s work table today and tomorrow. Veterans advocate Ted Fowler informs me that the effort to refer House Bill 1179 did not gather enough signatures to make the ballot.
So stay tuned for the big news tomorrow on whether we will get to vote on the anti-democratic SB 69 and SB 177!