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Sending Every Voter a Ballot Increases Turnout, Makes Voter Fraud Even Less Significant

We know that all the Republican warnings about voter fraud are false alarms used to make it harder for people to vote. Study after study and report after report show that voters almost never cast illegal ballots and that the rare instances of voter fraud have never flipped an election.

In our discussion of South Dakota’s unconstitutional 30-day voter-residency requirement that has arisen from the Republican election-fraud myth, the ravings of one right-wing myth-peddler got me thinking about cost and benefit. It seems that rather than complicating the entire election system with residency investigations, voter ID requirements, and other bureaucracy and restrictions that sap election officials’ resources and deter voter participation, we should simply make sure more people come vote. One person casting a bogus ballot will be rendered less impactful by getting a hundred more people to cast their legitimate ballots.

And one of the best ways to get more people to vote is to send every voter a ballot. So say multiple studies on universal vote-by-mail (UVM) cited in Zachary Roth’s latest report on elections:

Under UVM, election officials simply mail ballots to directly everyone on the voter rolls, almost literally putting a ballot in voters’ hands. Voters can return their ballot either through the mail or by leaving it in a secure ballot dropbox.

A 2022 paper by Eric McGhee and Jennifer Paluch of the Public Policy Institute of California and Mindy Romero of the University of Southern California found that UVM increased turnout among registered voters by 5.6 percentage points in the 2020 election — what the authors called “a substantial and robust positive effect.”

A 2018 paper by the data firm Pantheon Analytics, which works for Democrats and progressive groups, compared Utah counties that used UVM with those that didn’t, and found that the system boosted turnout by 5-7 percentage points among registered voters.

And a forthcoming paper by Michael Ritter of Washington State University, to be published in the November 2023 edition of the Election Law Journal, looks at various mail voting systems over the last decade and finds that UVM led to an 8-point increase in registered voter turnout.

By and large, states that use UVM appear to see higher voting rates than those that don’t. The National Vote at Home Institute research paper found that eight of the 11 states that used UVM in 2020 were in the top 15 states for turnout of active registered voters. And none of those eight were battleground states, which tend to see higher turnout.

Two other states using UVM for the first time in 2020 ranked first and second on improved turnout compared to 2016 — Hawaii, which saw a 14% jump, and Utah, which saw an 11% jump.

The paper also found that UVM has a particularly large impact on turnout rates for young voters, Black and Latino voters, who tend to vote at lower rates than average [Zachary Roth, “States That Send a Mail Ballot to Every Voter Really Do Increase Turnout, Scholars Find,” Missouri Independent, 2023.10.09].

Every election is a sample of the people’s will. The bigger the sample—the more people who cast ballots—the more likely it is that the election results reflect the people’s will. If a secretary of state or county auditor wants to increase the reliability of America’s already really reliable elections, every stamp she might put on a letter to some out-of-state election official asking, “Is this voter on our rolls still actively voting in your state?” would do more to enhance election reliability if she put it on an official ballot and mailed it to a voter.

Don’t want a tiny handful of fraudsters rigging your elections? (A) Don’t elect Republicans to run your elections, and (B) turn out the masses to vote!

60 Comments

  1. Donald Pay 2023-10-11

    Cory writes: “Every election is a sample of the people’s will. The bigger the sample—the more people who cast ballots—the more likely it is that the election results reflect the people’s will.”

    I’m all for increasing the options for voting. Some people like the election day energy of voting at a neighborhood precinct. I was one of those until precincts were supersized and the neighborhood feel of voting got McPrecincted out of existence. We used to vote in a church and the church ladies would put on a bake sale. Technically, it didn’t violate a law that said you couldn’t give people anything to vote, because you had to purchase your brownie or cookie or Danish. We loved to vote there, but then they decided to save money and combined three precincts into one, and the church wasn’t big enough to serve as the polling place. With the covid pandemic, we got used to vote-by-mail, and we now prefer that way of voting, though I’d prefer the drop box option if it was re-legalized in Wisconsin.

  2. P. Aitch 2023-10-11

    Colorado voters get our ballots in the mail. Have for years. It’s very helpful to use a search engine to investigate judges. I predict it will be helpful to ask my assistant Lady Trobairitz for research, also.
    Who thinks there’s a potential danger in mail in voting? Please explain using sources for your research and assertions. Thank you.

  3. SuperSweet 2023-10-11

    Mail in votes work well here in Washington. Every state wide office held by a Democrat after the very good Republican Secretary of State went to work for Biden administration.

  4. Peggy Kemnitz 2023-10-11

    I was born in South Dakota but have lived in Oregon for43 years. Oregon mail in ballot system works very well. It is easy for voters and efficient for the clerks office to count ballots. The clerks office checks the signatures carefully. I have acfriend whose husband’s signature did not match (due to illness) and he received notice to go to the clerks office, sign a new card and his vote was counted. There is little opportunity for fraud. I highly recommend vote by mail. I remember standing for hours with little kids to vote in a presidential election. I don’t ever want to ho back.

    highly recommend vote by mail.

  5. grudznick 2023-10-11

    No. No voting by mail. Go to the place designated and show your photo ID. No exceptions.

  6. Drey Samuelson 2023-10-11

    I’m on the board of directors of the national Vote at Home Coalition, and everything that Cory wrote is absolutely accurate. One thing he didn’t mention was that it also eliminates voter suppression tactics that some states use, such as putting too few polling places in urban precincts populated mostly by minorities, who tend to be registered Democrats.

    And, Peggy Kemnitz, the chairman of our group, Phil Kiesling, used to be the Oregon Secretary of State, and is essentially the father of vote by mail in America–really amazing man!

    Good for you, Cory–keep up the great work!

  7. grudznick 2023-10-11

    We can put buses downtown Rapid City, Mr. Samuelson. Free buses. Saves people a stamp, and an antiquated trip to the disease filled post office.

  8. John 2023-10-11

    Nations having automatic voter registration and election days on traditional non-work days (Saturday or Sunday) have voter participation north of 70%, 80%, and above, routinely.
    The US Constitution, and congress, FAILED, keeping up with modern times and modern democracies.

  9. grudznick 2023-10-11

    The tradition of walking into your polling place on a Tuesday and seeing the smiling faces, signing your own name, and then voting, shall not be infringed.

  10. Arlo Blundt 2023-10-11

    Grudznick–if we, as a country, were concerned about raising our pathetic voter participation, we would declare Election Day a national holiday, close the stores, though not the schools, and extend voting hours to 9PM. We would also have Vote by Mail and Vote Over the Internet, if safeguards can be made adequate. (I don’t see why that can’t be done. We’ll put Mr. Dale on it.)..once there, we go vote by phone.

  11. P. Aitch 2023-10-11

    You’re a loser, grudz. STFU and go to bed!

  12. V 2023-10-12

    Grudz, there are many elderly and disabled people who can’t GO to a poll. Should they not be allowed their right to vote?

  13. Donald Pay 2023-10-12

    Like Grudz, I always enjoyed voting at my nearby precinct. The election workers, who seemed to always be the same people, greeted me warmly. They never needed to see any ID, because I showed up at every election. In most places during my voting years, I could walk to the polling place if I had to. Of course, that option was never true for rural voters, but at least for us city folk, you could easily get to a polling place. These days, government efficiency has taken over and they’ve consolidated. Money drives that unfortunate situation. Still, I think government should be run like a business. Efficiency is important, but so is serving the customer. That ought to be high on the list of anyone running elections. We can go back to the day of neighborhood precincts, but it will cost taxpayers some money. I’d be for it. But I’m also for customer choice. Let customers decide how they want to vote. In this day and age, people can drop off their packages in drop boxes, Grudz. They can get computers delivered to their homes. Government should try to emulate the businesses and give people a choice in how they vote.

  14. e platypus onion 2023-10-12

    Every year brings new challenges for me when it comes to bipedal motion. I no longer attempt to walk to my garden and I no longer do any gardening while attempting to stand up. My shopping choices have changed to stores that have electric carts for disabled shoppers use. I am in favor of voting by mail for all, not just the aged and infirm.

    Anytime a magat tells you they want to change the rules for the better on voting, they are lying. They want to make themselves safer from losing elections and virtually all magats are liars.

  15. grudznick 2023-10-12

    Harvesting some Overnight Goats! Mmm.

  16. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    Oh look, the Left is now pushing to instruct the South Dakota Government to send out Mail Ballots pre-requested. Sure, Democrats will push for this cause they want to place Ballots into the hands of any, and every person living in South Dakota, which opens the door for fraud. As we saw in 2020, every Tom, Dick, and Curly Sue got a ballot regardless of whether they were a registered voter or not, let alone the facts could prove they were only “residents” of the State and not domiciled in the state. Democrats refuse to audit, investigate, let alone check voter registration master files in other states to ensure that these ‘residents’ are not voting in other states, and they refuse to double down verifying that the previous state removed them from their master file. This is why Democrats and some Republicans love “Same Day Registration” cause they know States officials will not do the work, to verify the facts, do their job of inspecting master files of other states.

    Yes, It is unconstitutional to place 30 Day Residency Requirements on “Residents” – however, it is NOT unconstitutional to create a cut off date of 15 Days Prior an Election, not allowing people to vote that are NOT registered prior to that cut off date. The COURT has held this rule up – cause of the process involved in Verifying Qualified Voters, Checking the Previous State’s Master File, and Checking Other Facts about the Resident while the lsat step is to publish the Precinct Books, Prepare the Precincts, and Hold the Election.

    AS a former “Election Super-Intendent, I know just how many people will show up on Election Day, attempt to vote from Other States. This happened more than I ever thought was possible. I had one woman try to vote who was from Philadelphia, I had to tell her, if you want to vote in South Dakota, you cannot do so today, but you can go back to Philadelphia to cast a ballot. I saw several from other S.D Cities show up to vote in Sioux Falls who had not yet re-registered, the only thing they could do was go back to their previous precinct to vote or prepare for the next election. IF, the citizen cannot do a few simple things prior to 15 days of an election, they do NOT deserve to vote in the current election to date. IT is not our responsibility, it is YOUR responsibility. I am trying to help people register to vote, by providing to them the forms, and helping them become fully registered but end of day, it is their responsibility.

    As for ABSENTEE BALLOTS – South Dakota uses a great process, “WE” do not send them to any qualified voter, unless that voter pre-requests a ballot in which they must provide their NAME, ADDRESS, REASON FOR THE REQUEST, which allows the State to verify that they are legal and qualified to vote in South Dakota. WE are NOT going to send out ballots to all 900,000 residents for no reason.

    People move everyday, and if we were to send a ballot to all recorded addresses, then your ballot tends to end up in the hands of a unqualified voter, let alone an illegal immigrant, let alone, a resident who is NOT yet a qualified voter of the State, or a criminal.

    Democrats would love to tie Ballots to the S.D Driver License Registration, sure, cause many addresses on file today are NOT today the current addresses of the persons name on the card, so Democrats love this, cause now someone else gets your ballot, let alone votes illegally, then you show up to vote at the POLLS, and get busted for voting twice, meaning, now you have to go to court to protect your identity, clear your name, and find the culprit that turned in your ballot.

    BUT YET, democrats tell us that “WE” cannot investigate, should not investigate, should not audit, let alone claim there is fraud.

    Democrats have been manipulating the electoral process since the party was formed in 1828. It all began when the Democrat Party during the 1830’s began lobbying State Legislatures to adopt the WINNER TAKE ALL of the State Electors, rather than direct apportionment of districts.

    Of course, since then, the Democrats and the so called RINO’S do not want investigations to occur, cause they both know they have been gerrymandering, manipulating, and committing illegal acts in our Election processes for decades. NOW, the People are standing up to the fraud.

    Only way to fix this, is to remove all Electronics from the Voting System, Strict Rules to Same Day Voting at the Polls, and Paper ballots.

    THE ONLY reasons for Absentee Ballots should be for Military, Out-of-State Employment, and RV Campers who Request their Ballot more than 30 days Up Front so ‘we’ can verify their qualifications.

    Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

  17. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    Why Do Republican’s’ Insist On Capitalizing WORD’s ‘ THAT AREN’T CAPITALIZED and Putting Apostrophe’s’ WHERE THEY DON’T BELONG?

  18. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    Voter turnout among women in South Dakota is among the lowest in the UNITED SNAKES!

  19. e platypus onion 2023-10-12

    If Zit actually knew what he was barking about, he would truly be a danger to America and himself.

  20. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    In my opinion, the proper way to Audit, Investigate, and Inspect a Election is to properly conduct the following Inspections:

    a) Legislature should double check all “Recorded Domiciles” in the State, to ensure they are properly domiciled in South Dakota;
    b) Legslature should double check the “Master Voting File” to ensure that ONLY “Proper Domiciled Citizens of State” are on the Statewide Master File, and only registered in one County (precinct);
    c) The Legislature should inspect and check ALL BALLOTS comparing them to the “Sign In Sheets” and Poll Books to ensure that the BALLOTS only were handed to “Qualified Voters” who were properly registered prior the Election Date;
    d) the Legisature should compare “Master Voting Files” of more than one “State” where each State have common residencies, to make sure that the voter is NOT being maintained on two lists. (YOU can only have 1 Domicile, but may have 50 Residencies)…

    ***The STATE cannot place “residency requirements” on a would be voter, the Supreme Court has ruled, that a CITIZEN has the right to travel, and that it is unconstitutional to place a 30 Day Residency Requirement on a would be voter…

    You can gain “residency status” by staying in a Campground, Hotel, Apartment, or by BIRTH for the first 24 hours….

    However, you have to begin the process of transferring your DOMICILE, since you may only 1, and you have up to the 15 Days prior an Election to place yourself on the S.D Master Voter File.

    Each COUNTY holds their own “Voting Records” – you register inside the County of Residence, and per Precinct. The COUNTY AUDITORS are then asked to deliver to the S.O.S their official lists, to which the S.O.S establishes the MASTER FILE containing all names of voters…

    The S.O.S then has the responsibility to maintain that Master File – keeping it tightly secret from all eyes…but the S.O.S can at anytime compare the S.D Master File to the likes of the Arizona Master File, where there may be a “Shared Residency” to ensure that the voter is NOT on both…
    Remember, as a VOTER – you take an OATH to the S.D COnstitution that you have 100% properly removed your Domicile from the previous State, thus making yourself a S.D Citizen aka Voter.
    Knowing how the process works today, I am convinced that these States today, are NOT properly conducting these full audits, investigations, and checking the facts. Why? Cause they take tons of time, may require a COURT to get involved, and it costs money.

    This is why I do NOT support “Same Day Voter Registrations” let alone MAIL BALLOTS being sent to all residents of the State. That I do know, can never happen, cause of the process involved in verifying the “Voter” and the fact that I do not beleive States are properly conducting such investigations fully…

  21. Donald Pay 2023-10-12

    I’ll tell you a little story. Mike Z. We were moving back to South Dakota from Wisconsin in late October 1980. The campaign for President between Carter and Reagan was on, and so was the balloting for the uranium mining-nuclear waste-nuclear power ban initiative in South Dakota. We were moving to Rapid City, and scheduled to take our apartment on Halloween. My mother was an election official in Sioux Falls, so we asked her to clarify if we could vote in South Dakota by registering at the polls, as we could in Wisconsin . She said we would not be allowed to vote since we would miss the registration deadline. Technically, we would not be residents of Wisconsin on election day, so it would be illegal for us to vote in Wisconsin. Our civil rights would have been violated. We voted absentee in Wisconsin before we moved, because we figured they wouldn’t know we weren’t residents on election day.

    We really would have preferred to have voted in South Dakota, since we were residents there. We had been following the SD political scene during our grad school years in Wisconsin, and in particular the fight on the nuclear issues really concerned us.

    The fact is South Dakota’s voter registration system disenfranchises citizens. It is unconstitutional, and needs to change because FREEDOM includes the right to vote.

  22. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    Donald Pay, I thank you for your respectful response, and I cherished your story. But I will continue to stand behind our law…We are a sovereign and independent state, and Article 6 of the U.S Constitution gives us the right to make our own election rules.

    WE do NOT want someone who has NOT yet taken an allegiance to our State Constitution, our Flag, and our Fellow Citizens to vote. YOU have to surrender fully your previous domicile, while being allowed to maintain a residency in both states, you can only be a registered voter in one or the other. IF you are NOT willing to do that, WE Do NOT want you to vote in South Dakota.

    I explained why “WE” cut off our voter registrations at 15 days prior any election, it is a decision you must make yourself. IF you were planning to move to South Dakota in 1980, then your parents should have planned better, knowing there was an Election coming…

    Your Parents should have done:

    a) Requested an Absentee Ballot for The State of Wisconsin, or
    b) Prior to the Move, Began the Domicile Process of Placing themselves in South Dakota (Way before the 15 day Cut off).

    OUR LAWS DO NOT disenfranschise anyone, YOU are a responsible American, atleast I think you are, DO YOUR JOB.

  23. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    Polling stations in North Rapid where Democrats have better chances to win can expect white nationalists like Zitterich to actively threaten poll workers.

  24. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    I dont commit crimes, nor do I threaten people, Nice try Larry “the snake” kurtz

  25. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    Not just North Rapid but $20 says parts of Sioux Falls will see poll station violence.

  26. Donald Pay 2023-10-12

    Mike Z., Any laws which create an artificial deadline for registration and then don’t allow you to register at the polls on election day are unconstitutional. There are state that have extended registration deadlines for the purpose of disenfranchisement. Others enact such laws for what they say are administrative purposes. To me it doesn’t matter. They result in violating people’s civil rights.

  27. P. Aitch 2023-10-12

    TWO TRUTHS:
    1. The money the Biden Administration released to Iran hasn’t been touched yet. It’s still frozen until humanitarian causes are accepted for it’s use.
    2. When a state mails ballots to its voters there are still the same polling places open for those who choose that voting method.
    #CryingBeforeYou’reHurt

  28. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    NO WHERE in the U.S Constitution does it say anything what you mentioned. PROVE your claim that you made is true. The States (the people) set their own rules pertaining to their elections. The Federal Government can only create rules concerning Time, Place, Manner related to Elections of the President, U.S Senator, U.S House of Representatives.

    STATES (the people) create the process of registering voters – RULE #1 – YOU Must be a CITIZEN (domiciled in) YOUR STATE.

    Requiring 30 Day Residency is NOT constitutional, Setting a Registration Deadline is Constitutional – cause the STATES (the people) need to verify voters, ensure they are a citizen of the State, and they need time to print, publish, and organize the Precincts (the polls).

    YOU Democrats are just upset that WE do not allow every Tom, Dick, and Curly Sue to vote on Election Day cause they were NOT responsible enough to register to vote prior to the deadline. Democrats are just upset that we demand “Identity” to vote. Democrats are upset cause “WE” wish to demand by law to verify your Name, Address, that you will NOT vote in another State, let alone Identity prior to getting a Absentee Ballot…Democrats want to give BALLOTS to every Tom, Dick, and Curly Sue despite the fact they may NOT be a Citizen.This is why Democrats support OPEN BORDERS….Democrats are frauds.

  29. O 2023-10-12

    MLZ, much like your Rightier-than-Right ilk reject registration of guns (because the Second Amendment is worthy of ABSOLUTE authority), we on the left tend to believe that voting should be even moreso an absolute right. In fact, both the criminality and consequences of abuses to our voting philosophy are far less than the consequences to your gun ownership. Only one actually defends democracy.

  30. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    THE RIGHT TO VOTE is only for “CITIZENS” of a Political Subdivision. It is all based on Domicile and Alleigance to your “Political Subdivision” and is bound to the rules as adopted by the people of who own land, property, and reside in that ‘territory’. “WE” vote as South Dakota Citizens to elect our choice for Elector for President, our pick for U.S Senate, U.S House Rep, the Governor, and all the Constitutional At Large Officials, and then the Legislators, Mayors, City COuncilors, Judges, and etc. SO our rght to vote is based in DOMICILE and CITIZENSHIP STATUS. PERIOD.

  31. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    When states endure monsters on the ballot like Donald Trump, Matt Rosendale in Montana, Kari Lake in Arizona and Ammon Bundy in Idaho violence will be a feature in American elections for decades to come so putting poll workers at risk is simply irresponsible.

  32. e platypus onion 2023-10-12

    Where exactly, in the constitution, do you find either the word god or guns? They ain’t in there.

  33. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    At one of Faceberg pages he even calls himself a politician.

  34. Mike Zitterich 2023-10-12

    Notice, I DO NOT RUN from those who attack me. I will face you like a man, and I use my real name, so you can find me and we can sit down and talk. Attended the Charter Revision Commission yesterday, some really good dialogue, there may be a few ballot questions for Voters of Sioux Falls in relation to their charter. If you are interested, call me or email me at the info provided by Mr. Larry

  35. grudznick 2023-10-12

    Don’t let the Out-of-Staters get you down, Mr. Zitterich.

    But tighten up your bloggings.

  36. e platypus onion 2023-10-12

    3.2 million US citizens in Puerto Rico wish to call Zit what he is, an effing liar. Puerto Ricans are bonafide US citizens with no right to vote in major US elections and when they get a bill in Congress to allow them to vote, Zit’s Nits block it every time.Magats don’t want POC to vote even when they are US citizens because POC remember how poorly magats have always treated them so they would likely vote for the good guys.

  37. e platypus onion 2023-10-12

    Citizens of Puerto Rico pay taxes to PR and federal taxes to DC. Sounds like taxation without representation. Another reason to flog magats.

  38. Dicta 2023-10-12

    Once Puerto Rico subjects itself to the same federal tax scheme, they can vote. Plus, aren’t their referendums typically split pretty darn evenly on statehood? As to Mike: still can’t help himself. Still here.

  39. Donald Pay 2023-10-12

    Here’s the South Dakota Constitution regarding voting:

    6 § 28. Right to vote by secret ballot. The rights of individuals to vote by secret ballot is fundamental. If any state or federal law requires or permits an election for public office, for any initiative or referendum, or for any designation or authorization of employee representation, the right of any individual to vote by secret ballot shall be guaranteed.
    History: Amendment proposed by SL 2010, ch 1, § 2, approved Nov. 2, 2010.

    This is a relatively new amendment, approved in 2010, but it seems rather clear. The right to vote is ‘fundamental.” “Any individual” is the operative term here. It doesn’t say “any individual who has registered to vote at least 15 days before any election.” I take this to mean an individual who shows up at the polls to vote shall be allowed to vote. I see no prohibition against registration, but if a person is not registered to vote that person still has a right to cast a ballot. There is nothing in the amendment that prohibits the state from gathering such information that it needs to have that person register at the polls.

    However, there is a bit of a difference between this part of the SD Constitution and another subsection, 7:2, which states:

    § 7:2. Voter qualification. Every United States citizen eighteen years of age or older who has met all residency and registration requirements shall be entitled to vote in all elections and upon all questions submitted to the voters of the state unless disqualified by law for mental incompetence or the conviction of a felony. The Legislature may by law establish reasonable requirements to insure the integrity of the vote.
    Each elector who qualified to vote within a precinct shall be entitled to vote in that precinct until he establishes another voting residence. An elector shall never lose his residency for voting solely by reason of his absence from the state.
    History: 1889 Const., art. VII, §§ 1, 2, 6, 8, 9; amendment of § 9 proposed by SL 1893, ch 38, rejected Nov., 1894; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1897, ch 37, rejected Nov., 1898; amendment adding new § 10 proposed by SL 1909, ch 138, rejected Nov., 1910; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1913, ch 134, rejected Nov., 1914; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1915, ch 234, rejected Nov., 1916; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1918 (SS), ch 31, approved Nov., 1918; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1951, ch 292, rejected Nov., 1952; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1957, ch 303, rejected Nov., 1958; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1957, ch 304, approved Nov., 1958; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1969, ch 241, approved Nov. 3, 1970; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1970, ch 3, rejected Nov. 3, 1970; amendment adding new § 10 proposed by SL 1970, ch 4, approved Nov. 3, 1970; amendment of § 1 proposed by SL 1971, ch 1, approved Nov. 7, 1972; amendment proposed by SL 1974, ch 2, approved Nov. 5, 1974; amendment of § 2 proposed by SL 1993, ch 2, §§ 1 and 2, rejected Nov. 8, 1994.

    This section refers to “voters meeting residency and registration requirements.” Residency requirements refer to where you are living, but not to the period of time you have lived there or how long you have not lived there.

    It would be a good time to look at South Dakota election and voting rights parts of the Constitution to clarify them. But the way I look at it, the simplest and fairest way to do that is to maintain registration requirements, but to require same day regisltration.

  40. O 2023-10-12

    Why should we require any onerous registration to vote, but not to own a gun? I would consider same-day registration that Mr. Pay refers to as non-onerous as possible, but it is remarkable to me how a “rights” protecting Right can be so selective in application of rights. Voting is essential to democracy and a republic; gun ownership is not. Why is the first restricted but not the second? I would like to see the GOP embrace voting rights as hardily as they have gun ownership rights. Gerrymandering, registration, or outright exclusion: the vote is reserved for a select few.

  41. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    What O said. Desperation drives the Zittiots to erase voting rights because they have nothing to lose.

    All the nurses I have been married to say the endocrinologist is the smartest doc on the floor. Maybe it’s because we humans manipulate our own environments and microbiomes faster than our hormone chemistry can adapt or evolve past what inoculations and toxins have done to the gene pool. There are plenty of other organisms on the planet with longer histories than Homo sapiens.

    https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2022/11/11/richard-reeves-gender-equality-boys-school-men

  42. O 2023-10-12

    Dicta, a quick Wikipedia search shows: “Residents of Puerto Rico are required to pay most types of federal taxes. Specifically, residents of Puerto Rico pay customs taxes, Federal commodity taxes, and all payroll taxes (also known as FICA taxes, which include (a) Social Security, (b) Medicare, and Unemployment taxes).” What part of the scheme are they dodging? (And follow-up are current voting US billionaires also skirting?)

  43. Dicta 2023-10-12

    From the IRS website, topic 901:

    If you’re a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico during the entire tax year, you generally aren’t required to file a U.S. federal income tax return if your only income is from sources within Puerto Rico. However, if you also have income from sources outside of Puerto Rico, including from U.S. sources, you’re required to file a U.S. federal income tax return if such amount is above the U.S. filing threshold. Nevertheless, a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico with a U.S. filing obligation, generally won’t report Puerto Rican source income on a U.S. income tax return.

    I dunno why you thought “the rich don’t pay taxes” was a gotcha with me. I agree with you. Their base rate is high but they write damn near everything off, which is bs.

  44. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    That the USPS is still in the clutches of a Trumper will mean mailing ballots will cost more.

    The SD Newspaper Association just tweeted this: “USPS plans a 7.3% hike next year for in-county mail rates for newspapers, which already have absorbed over 30% in increases last few years. For rural newspapers, tied at the hip with USPS to get their products delivered, this is another gut punch.”

  45. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-10-12

    America was built in sections and the 1787 Northwest Ordinance placed a role in that.

    Northeast Territory and Northwest Territories were built out of the agreement of the 1783 Peace Treaty;

    Great Britain built the Southeast Territory into a British, Plantation Estate System of British Loyalists after 1783;

    Later on, Dakota Territory, the California Territory, Oregon Territory, and Southwest Territories all came to be in the years following..

    But most important – the GLOBAL BANKERS PUT back America together again after the Civil War as a “Militarized Corporate Territory..

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRG40Isaz5XlikCNvEqlI523rp8O59HKoOSGmTH7-v3CVat71KXXIIs4h1cWy5EJF6V8aRj_32B8EpJ/pub?urp=gmail_link&fbclid=IwAR0ekWGAty3dpq-Tcj5X-GlrfCaalh3NXzmHVUWVKeemVL2_ZVCfryFBA40

  46. larry kurtz 2023-10-12

    Despite the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862 that distributed unceded lands in the public domain to raise funds for colleges. The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are directly linked to the Native American Genocide and South Dakota State University is just one of those offenders.

    Today, thanks to the Trump Organization the United States is in debt to the tune of $31 TRILLION so the US encourages mining companies from outside the country to drill more holes in the Earth looking for gold and silver. Repeal or even reform of the 1872 statute has been thwarted repeatedly and the US Forest Service is often powerless to stop the extractive industry from permanently altering sensitive watersheds because of the 1872 law.

    Land seized from the Great Sioux Nation had been remanded to the tribes under treaty but Congress broke the agreement to pay down Civil War debt then exploited the Custer Expedition’s discovery of gold in the Black Hills.

    In 2019 during an episode of The Keepers, a podcast produced by the Kitchen Sisters and NPR, the lead Archivist at the National Archives told listeners lawyers are combing the records for treaties with tribal nations none of which have been honored by the United States.

  47. grudznick 2023-10-12

    Mr. Zitterich, that is a wonderful text. You should publish it in a booklet to hand out.

    I would like to point out to you that whilst there are Many Phrases and Words Capitalized in your Screed, there is not a single WORD that MUST be fully CaPiTaLiZeD. Why do you do that, young sir? But grudznick likes your screed.

    We, the People, of the Save the Republic Political Action Committee do solemnly agree, and stand united to initiate public policies of which uphold, and protect the Original Constitution, the Rights of the People, and of who, Choose to Faithfully Execute the Full Powers of the People to Whom wish to Elect Public Officials of whom Fulfill their Oaths.

    We, the People, of the Save the Republic Political Action Committee do strongly accept, and Defend the Following Creed:

    I, _____________________, wholy swear, do take this vow to, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil, to a place of which, we are grateful for our civil and religious liberties, in order to form a more perfect and independent government, establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and preserve to ourselves and to our posterity the blessings of liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the state of South Dakota.

  48. grudznick 2023-10-12

    grudznick finds that interesting, Mr. Dicta. Thank you. I especially like this part:

    regular incoherent babble of a schizophrenic and try and turn it into something coherent

    I shall try and work that into my daily conversations this week.

  49. Mike Zitterich 2023-10-12

    I appreciate the positive dialogue from those who give it, however, please do NOT associate my name or discussions with the likes of Larry or Dicta, I am refusing to honor them, let alone, i am blocking their comments from my line of vision. I do not respect them, nor agree with their unearthly tone and negative behavior.

  50. grudznick 2023-10-12

    It is good of you to block them from your line of vision. They might be MOSTLY EViL, Mr. Zitterich. And for gOsh sakes, DO NOT click on any of Lar’s blue links or you will regret it!

  51. e platypus onion 2023-12-21

    Zitticrites rejoice…….https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-voter-fraud-prosecutions-only-yielded-47-convictions-out-of-tens-of-millions-of-ballots-report/ar-AA1lRdE0?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=1198a5e385ec40f585d24bb068c5b214&ei=8

    Texass investigations of millions of ballots found 47 examples of fraud and they checked virtually no magats. You would likely be amazed at the numbers of magat fraud if Dems got to check all those ballots for fraud. We know which party of magats commit fraud.

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