Doug Kronaizl of Represent South Dakota says over 50,000 of you have signed the petition his group will submit in Pierre tomorrow to place the Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Act on the 2018 ballot:
Represent South Dakota will hand-deliver more than 50,000 petitions signed by South Dakotans to qualify the amendment for the 2018 ballot. Amendment co-sponsors, Mitch Richter and Darrell Solberg—former Republican and Democratic legislators, respectively—will meet with supporters at the State Capitol before submitting the signatures to the Secretary of State [Doug Kronaizl, Represent SD, press release, 2017.10.16].
50,000-plus signatures is a remarkable haul and plenty of cushion beyond the 27,741 signatures required to put a constitutional amendment to a vote. Of four initiated amendments submitted in 2015, only two—S for Henry T. Nicholas’s crime victims bill of rights and U for the payday lenders’ decoy amendment, both backed almost exclusively by obscene amounts of big out-of-state money—gathered more than 50,000 signatures.
Come take a look at the petition sheets yourself: Represent SD invites the public—and especially voters irate over the repeal of Initiated Measure 22, which this amendment would partially restore—to join the petition submission party at 11 a.m. Central on the Capitol steps.