Ready to help refer Senate Bill 69 and Senate Bill 177 to a public vote? I sure am! Here are the petition forms and my handy guide to petitioning:
Feel free to print and share as many copies of these petitions as you wish. But you must follow these rules:
- Not one signature goes on the petitions until Tuesday morning, March 31. Referenda can’t circulate until the Legislature adjourns, and the legislature is in session Monday for veto day. Monday, we wait. Tuesday, we go to work.
- Every sheet has two sides. Print those PDFs front and back, title and eight signature lines on the front, twelve signature lines and notarized circulator’s oath on the back. Secretary Krebs will throw out any sheets without printed matter on both sides.
- Update 2015.03.30 07:24 CDT: If you’re having trouble with the small margins cutting off the title, fiddle with the Print settings: perhaps reduce the scale to 98%, or reduce your print margins to zero. (Let me know what works best, so we can share that information!)
- To circulate, you must be 18 or older and a South Dakota resident. Young people, I’d love to have your help, especially to explain why the youth minimum wage is bad policy. You can be our best advocates. But if you’re petitioning, you’ve got to bring an adult.
- To sign, you must be a registered South Dakota voter. Every circulator should ask every potential signer, “Are you a registered South Dakota voter?”
- Circulators eyeball every signature. No signature goes on a petition sheet unless you are in the room, next to the signer, watching the ink hit the paper.
- Don’t sign your own petition sheet. I want your signature to count! But your name can never appear on any sheet twice—i.e., you can’t sign one of the twenty blanks and sign the circulator’s oath on the same sheet. If you want to sign, get a friend to circulate with you, and sign your friend’s sheet.
Read the petition guide for more details. As the week progresses, once I’ve actually set up the bank accounts, we’ll talk about how you can send money to support the referenda.I may even get ambitious and set up a separate website (or at least a subpage here on Dakota Free Press) to coordinate our efforts.
But for now, the goal is to get these petitions to as many willing circulators and signers as possible, be on the streets bright and early Tuesday morning, and let everyone know we’re going to work to save democracy. Download, print, and sign, sign, sign!