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Secretary of State Seeking Constitutional Amendment Y Opponent Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 29, 2018
CONTACT: Kristin Gabriel at (605) 773-3537 or Kristin.Gabriel@state.sd.us

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Secretary of State is seeking an opponent statement for Constitutional Amendment Y, an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution revising certain provisions relating to the rights of crime victims, to include in the ballot question information pamphlet for the Primary election.

SDCL 12-13-23 Distribution of public information. The secretary of state shall distribute public information on any constitutional amendment, initiated, or referred measure submitted to the electors for approval. The secretary of state shall compile the public information by printing a statement in support of the constitutional amendment, initiated, or referred measure written by its proponents, if any can be identified, and a statement against the constitutional amendment, initiated, or referred measure written by its opponents, if any can be identified. The secretary of state is not responsible for the contents, objectivity, or accuracy of the statements written by the proponents and opponents.

The pamphlet shall also include the attorney general's title, explanation, and a clear and simple recitation of the effect of a "Yes" or "No" vote; number of pages and sections in the proposed or referred language; and, if applicable, a prison or jail population cost estimate and fiscal note.

The opponent summary may be no more than 300 words. If the summary contains testimonials or stories about real people, the subjects must sign a notarized release authorizing the inclusion of their testimonial or story in the pamphlet.

Please submit your statement to the Secretary of State’s office no later than 5:00 pm central time on Tuesday, April 3rd.

  • E-mail: elections@state.sd.us
  • Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Mail: 500 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 204, Pierre, SD 57501 

The Secretary of State’s office asks the author to indicate how they would like their name credited, any affiliation with a group or business and contact information for the pamphlet.

The deadline for primary election ballots to be printed and in the county auditor’s possession is Wednesday, April 18 and the Secretary of State’s office would like to provide the ballot question pamphlet to voters prior to absentee voting beginning on Friday, April 20, 2018.


The 2018 Ballot Question page on the Secretary of State’s website includes the full text of Constitutional Amendment Y as well as the Attorney General’s statement: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/general-information/2018-ballot-questions.aspx