The good news is that I don’t have to reprint my campaign cards to add an eleventh ballot measure. The bad news is that we don’t get an eleventh ballot measure. Melissa Mentele reports that the Sixth Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the state and has upheld Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’s rejection of Mentele’s initiative petition to put medical cannabis to a public vote:
Our case has been heard in the circuit court. The judge has ruled in the favor of the Secretary of State. We thank you for all of you positive thoughts, love and prayers. We are currently regrouping and will post when we have more information [New Approach South Dakota, Facebook post, 2016.08.09].
The hearing started at 9 a.m. this morning; Mentele posted the above note at about ten ’til noon. That relatively swift decision suggests that the judge accepted the state’s arguments on face and did not see any reason to review the petition and the voter registration status of the over 16,000 signers. I’ll post more information on the ruling as it becomes available.