Ballot Measures

South Dakotans got to vote on ten statewide ballot measures in 2016. I provided this page during the election as a clearinghouse of information for voters studying the measures before voting. Voters enacted four of the measures: Amendment R, Amendment S, Initiated Measure 21, and Initiated Measure 22, all of which became law on November 16, 2016. I list the full election results from November 8, 2016, here.

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Read the full text of each measure on the Secretary of State’s website. Then check out my quick guide below on how I plan to vote on each. Click on each title to access a description, full text, and other fun links on each ballot measure. (Measures are listed in the order they appear on our ballot.)

Constitutional Amendments:

  • Amendment R: Regents/vo-tech authority split (proposed by Legislature 2015)—YES
  • Amendment S: Glodt’s crime victims bill of rights—NO
  • Amendment T: Independent Redistricting Commission—YES
  • Amendment U: Usury! Payday Lender Protection Clause—NO
  • Amendment V: Open Nonpartisan Primary—YES

Initiated Measures:

Referred Laws:

Useful Resources:

South Dakota Blogosphere Ballot Measure Scorecard:

Issue Dakota Free Press South DaCola SoDak Liberty Bob Newland Sioux Empire Podcast Dakota Today
Amendment R: Regents/vo-tech authority split Yes Yes No No Yes
Amendment S: Glodt’s crime victims bill of rights No No No No No No
Amendment T: Independent Redistricting Commission Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amendment U: Usury! Payday Lender Protection Clause No No No No No No
Amendment V: Open Nonpartisan Primary Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Initiated Measure 21: 36% Payday Loan Rate Cap Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Initiated Measure 22: Anti-Corruption Act Yes Yes No No No Yes
Initiated Measure 23: “Fair Share” Union Dues Yes No No No Yes
Referred Law 19: Incumbent Protection Act No No Yes No No
Referred Law 20: Youth Minimum Wage Cut No No Yes No No No


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