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Secretary of State Jason Gant announces HB 1230 petitions submitted for referral passed the signature certification process





PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2011

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contact:  Jason M. Gant (605) 773-3537

 

SECRETARY OF STATE JASON GANT ANNOUNCES HB 1230 REFERRAL FOR
NOVEMBER 2012 GENERAL ELECTION PASSES SIGNATURE CERTIFICATION PROCESS.

 

Today, Secretary of State Jason Gant announced that the petitions submitted for the referral of House Bill 1230 passed the signature certification process. The measure, “an act to establish the large project development fund, to provide for its administration, and to make an appropriation therefore,” was signed by the Governor back in March, and was submitted for the ballot by officials of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

 

“Petition circulators submitted approximately 22,883 signatures to refer the measure to a vote. According to State law and administrative rule, we drew a random sample of 1,145 signature lines to check for validation, which comprised the required audit of 5% of the signatures,” Gant said.

 

“From our sample of 1,145 signatures, we validated 919 and invalidated 226 for various reasons, including lack of voter registration, improperly filling out the petitions, legibility, and notary public errors. Invalid signatures comprised 19.74% of the total signatures sampled, and under state law, the number of valid signatures sampled was sufficient for the measure to pass validation for the ballot,” Gant said. “If we extrapolate the valid signatures, as per South Dakota Law, they are 2,510 signatures over the required 15,855 needed.”

 

According to state law, a referral measure or an initiative petition shall be signed by at least five percent of the total votes cast for Governor (15,855), and a constitutional amendment requires a petition signed by at least ten percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial election (31,709).

 

“We created some very specific policies and procedures involving the strongest documentation of the validation process to date. Given the track record of ballot measures being contested by one side or the other, I believe that our new procedures on validation served the state well for this measure and will for any future petitions should a validation be contested in court.“

 

Gant said, “We still anticipate that we will see other measures submitted for the November 2012 ballot. However, I would remind potential petitioners that time is growing short, as the deadline for submitting the signatures for initiated measures to my office is November 1, 2011, and the deadline for Constitutional Amendments is November 7, 2011. This is in addition to the pre-clearance requirements with the Legislative Research Council and the attorney general that must take place prior to circulation.”  

 

As the Secretary of State did with this measure, any future petitions submitted to Gant’s office can be monitored via Twitter. “Our office enjoyed keeping people up to date on our review of petitions through our Twitter account @SOSGant.  By going to Twitter.com, and following us, taxpayers can have the most current information coming out of our office on our current projects and issues we’re addressing. ”