This should help GOED’s marketing efforts—South Dakota’s newest town is named for bison dung:
On Thursday, Buffalo Chip voters unanimously gave their community the nod to become South Dakota’s newest town.
All 43 of them [Deb Holland, “Buffalo Chip Voters Approve of Campground’s Becoming South Dakota’s Newest Town,” Rapid City Journal, 2015.05.07].
Wow: in various totalitarian regimes, Vladimir Putin only got 64% of the vote; Dennis Daugaard only got 70.5%; Saddam Hussein managed 100%. And none of those leaders had to turn to voters outside their jurisdictions to win their hefty margins.
But this is just a joke, right? No county or state would allow a busload of non-residents to fabricate a town named for poop and levy taxes on actual South Dakotans, would it?
A group of 56 landowners and the city have appealed the Meade County Commission’s approval of the petition to hold Thursday’s incorporation election. Both the city and the landowners cite residency irregularities as one of the reasons for the appeal.
During testimony in the municipal-incorporation petition process before the Meade County commissioners, many of those questioned said they did not live at Buffalo Chip, but were listed as voters in the proposed incorporated area.
“It’s absolutely silly for a city to come into existence when the people who are voting don’t even live in the city,” said Tim Udager, who lives on Fort Meade Way, a newly proposed route in Meade County that will take drivers from Interstate 90 in the south to Highway 34 on the north. “There is no proof that the people live there and a lot of proof that they don’t. The whole thing is a big joke.”
Udager is among those who joined in the lawsuit to appeal [Holland, 2015.05.07].
Funny: we raise more barriers to non-residents shooting our birds and hooking our fish than we do to their registering to vote and create policing and taxing entities. I hope the Legislature will move as quickly to address the question of the validity of non-resident voter registration as enterprising Sturgis Rally-goers will rush to buy Buffalo Chip liquor licenses.