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SB 69 Referendum Petitions Pass Muster! Referred Law 19 Heads to 2016 Ballot!

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs called me a few minutes ago to inform me that Senate Bill 69 will now be known as Referred Law 19.

Yes, that petition I submitted this morning had enough signatures to place SB 69, the Incumbent Protection Plan, on hold and submit it to a vote of the people of South Dakota on November 8, 2016.

The numbers:

  • Our count of SB 69 signatures submitted: 16,715.
  • Secretary Krebs’s count of SB 69 signatures submitted: 16,819.
  • Secretary Krebs’s calculated number of valid signatures: 14,179.
  • Minimum signatures required to make the ballot: 13,871.
  • Calculated signature error/invalid rate: 15.7%.
  • Maximum allowable error/invalid rate: 17.5%.
  • Signatures to spare:  308.

Signers and circulators, you people rock. Well done!

Secretary Krebs, her deputy Kea Warne, and her petition review team aren’t too shabby, either. In her first time at the petition plate, Secretary Krebs was able to fully process a referendum petition containing nearly 17,000 signatures in a little over eight hours.

After that long, hard day, Team Krebs is hitting the sack for the night. They’ll take up SB 177, the youth minimum wage, tomorrow. We’ve got Referred Law 19 (which now does not take effect, which means our 2016 candidates will not suffer the unnecessary burdens of this anti-democracy, anti-voter proposal from our Legislature); sit tight tomorrow to see whether we get Referred Law 20!

Update 2015.06.30 09:48 CDT: Here’s the picture Secretary Krebs posted to Twitter on her way out the Capitol doors last night:

SOS Krebs Tweet: "SB69 referendum petitions have been validated and filed as Referred Law 19 on November 2016 ballot." 2015.06.29 21:31 CDT
SOS Krebs Tweet: “SB69 referendum petitions have been validated and filed as Referred Law 19 on November 2016 ballot.” 2015.06.29 21:31 CDT



  1. grudznick 2015-06-29

    Let me be the second to congratulate you, Mr. H.
    I remain against initiated measures but torn about these referred measures.

  2. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-06-29

    Thanks, Grudz. Now get out and vote right in November 2016. (On Referred Law 19, voting right means voting NO!)

  3. Curt 2015-06-29

    Wow! You’ve earned the Grudz seal of grudging approval, Cory. Take the rest of the day off.

  4. Reynold Nesiba 2015-06-29

    Woo hoo! Congratulations and Thank you!

  5. Shirley Harrington-Moore 2015-06-29

    Hooray on 69 (now Referred Law 19)!! Onward to 177. All those hours paid off!

  6. Richard Schriever 2015-06-29


  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-06-29

    I think I’ll do just that, Curt! Thanks, everyone!

    And good hustle, Shirley! You made a big difference!

  8. happy camper 2015-06-29

    Vote NO on Referred Law 19!

  9. SDBlue 2015-06-29

    Congratulations and well done, Sensei. ;)

  10. leslie 2015-06-29

    congrats cory, excellent work!! close-yikes-300 people made the difference.

  11. Bob Newland 2015-06-29

    Grudznick is a POS. Cory deserves praise for a successful referral campaign. I deserve a little praise for my 24 signatures in pursuit of that goal.

  12. drey samuelson 2015-06-29

    Great job, Cory and everyone who worked on this!!!

  13. Travis Wicks 2015-06-29

    That is great news! Makes me very hopeful for SB 177 to pass muster tomorrow!

  14. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-06-30

    Bob, you alone accounted for 8% of our calculated cushion! Well done!

  15. Kim Wright 2015-06-30

    Thanks for the update Cory and for your non-stop work in getting these petitions out and signed! This is the BEST news ever….now to educate the voting public!

  16. Sam@ 2015-06-30

    Mr. H

    Thank you for completing this diffuclt task. I signed both petitions, now the hard work starts to get the vote out to put these two issues to bed forever.

    Great Job!!

  17. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-06-30

    Sam, thank you for your signatures! As I will continue to remind everyone at every opportunity, the close signature margin on SB 69 shows that every signature matters!

  18. Katrina Wilke 2015-06-30

    YAY!! Good job Cory and everyone who helped gather signatures! The good news just keeps on coming!

  19. Sarah 2015-06-30

    Big congrats Cory and to all the signers and circulators !!!

  20. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-07-02

    By the way, remember that last Friday, Pat Powers portrayed the failure of this petition drive as fact. Once again, South Dakotans prove that Powers is incapable of honest, non-agenda-driven analysis. Proving Powers wrong is insignificant compared to giving 500K+ South Dakotans a chance to exercise their democratic rights… but here in the blogosphere, it’s worth noting.

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