South Dakota friends and neighbors, if you offer to sign a petition and the circulator does this, you know something’s fishy:
(My apologies for the low quality—finger and focus error!)
Carrying a petition (yes, I saw it on the board in his hands), but not willing to let me sign… hmm, that sounds almost like voter disenfranchisement, doesn’t it, Secretary Krebs?
This incident at 6th and Main in Rapid City yesterday afternoon bemused the gentleman in the orange t-shirt. He saw the whole thing, including the part before I got my finger off the lens when the petitioner said he couldn’t talk to reporters. The gentleman in the orange shirt didn’t run; he stayed and talked to me about the shady out-of-state petition circulators he’s seen around Rapid City during his sales trip:
An entire floor of the Rapid City occupied by out-of-state petition circulators. Attorney General Jackley, will you be visiting Rapid City any time soon?
It’s obvious to Mr. Payne as it should be to every South Dakotan: these out of state petitioners don’t want us to know they are here. They don’t want us to know what they are up to. And when people purporting to seek access to the ballot are keeping secrets and running scared from publicity, we should be alarmed.
Fellow South Dakotans, six weeks remain to circulate ballot question petitions. If you see someone circulating a petition, take out your phone, turn on the video camera, and ask the circulator what the petition is about. If the circulator and his or her petition are legit, the circulator will gladly stand and talk to you. If not, then you know someone’s doing something dirty to your democracy.
p.s.: Maybe 20 minutes before shooting the above videos, I approached another petitioner at the same corner. He refused to let me see his petition, walked away, and tried to fight back by taking his own video of me and lobbing any number of wild accusations. I’m a little short on bandwidth at the moment, but I’ll upload that video in another post later for your enjoyment.