I find the following posting on Craigslist Sioux Falls for a job that does not legally exist:
Monitoring and witnessing signatures… interesting. Some petition organizer is offering to pay people money for a completely extraneous service. There is no such thing as a petition “monitor” or “witness” under South Dakota election law. There is only the circulator, who swears an oath to circulate the petition, witness every signature, reasonably inquire into each signer’s status as a registered voter, avoid violations of state law, and ensure that the information on each page is filled in by either the signers or the circulator him/herself.
I’ve written previously that “witnesses” are merely a dodge that out-of-state circulators are using to skirt South Dakota’s residency requirements. If carried out to the point where the resident “witness” signs the circulator’s oath on petitions, this practice subjects “witnesses” to charges of perjury and the actual out-of-state circulators to charges of suborning perjury.
Hiring witnesses on its own is not illegal; in our blessedly free country, petition organizers may hire South Dakotans to stand around and do nothing of practical or legal import all they want. But for all of you folks calling Employment Edge Staffing looking for this easy work, keep in mind that if your circulators ask you to affix your South Dakota signature to any document that you only “witness,” you could end up with an unpleasant trip to the Hughes County Courthouse and a felony conviction on your record. If you take the job, be sure to ask Employment Edge Staffing who’s actually hiring you so can call them for legal assistance when the Attorney General comes knocking.