South Dakota, USA, regional Popular or citizen-initiated referendum [PCR] - Referendum
- Popular or citizen-initiated referendum [PCR]
- South Dakota, USA
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1. Legislative power -- Initiative and referendum.
The legislative power of the state shall be vested in a Legislature which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives. However, the people expressly reserve to themselves the right to propose measures, which shall be submitted to a vote of the electors of the state, and also the right to require that any laws which the Legislature may have enacted shall be submitted to a vote of the electors of the state before going into effect, except such laws as may be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, support of the state government and its existing public institutions. Not more than five per cent of the qualified electors of the state shall be required to invoke either the initiative or the referendum.
This section shall not be construed so as to deprive the Legislature or any member thereof of the right to propose any measure. The veto power of the
Executive shall not be exercised as to measures referred to a vote of the people. This section shall apply to municipalities. The enacting clause of all laws approved by vote of the electors of the state shall be: "Be it enacted by the people of South Dakota." The Legislature shall make suitable provisions for carrying into effect the provisions of this section.
References: South Dakota Constitution, (accessed Sept. 18, 2017)
2-1-3. Referendum--Laws subject to petition--Form.
Any law which the Legislature may have enacted, except one which may be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, shall, upon the filing of a petition as hereinafter provided, be submitted to a vote of the electors of the state at the next general election. Such petition shall be signed by not less than five percent of the qualified electors of the state. The form of the petition shall be prescribed by the State Board of Elections.
2-1-3.1. Petition to be circulated for referred law--Time for filing. The petition as it is to be circulated for a referred law shall be filed with the secretary of state prior to circulation for signatures and shall:
(1) Contain the title of the referred law;
(2) Contain the effective date of the referred law;
(3) Contain the date of the general election at which the referred law is to be submitted;
(4) Be accompanied by a notarized form that includes the names and addresses of the petition sponsors; and
(5) Be accompanied by a statement of organization as provided in § 12-27-6.
The petition shall be filed with the secretary of state within ninety days after the adjournment of the Legislature which passed the referred law. A sworn affidavit, signed by at least two-thirds of the petition sponsors, stating that the documents filed constitute the entire petition and to the best of the knowledge of the sponsors contains a sufficient number of signatures shall also be filed with the secretary of state. The form of the petition and affidavit shall be prescribed by the State Board of Elections.
The petition circulator shall provide to each person who signs the petition a form containing the title of the referred law; any fiscal note or summary of a fiscal note obtained pursuant to § 2-9-32; the name, phone number, and email address of each petition sponsor; and a statement whether the petition circulator is a volunteer or paid petition circulator and, if a paid circulator, the amount the circulator is being paid. The form shall be approved by the secretary of state prior to circulation.2-1-5. Total vote used to determine number of signers required in petitions.
The total number of votes cast for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, shall for the purposes of this chapter, be the basis for determining the number of petitioners required.
2-1-6. Persons qualified to sign petitions--False or unqualified signing as misdemeanor. Every person who is a qualified voter may sign a petition to initiate a constitutional amendment or other measure or to refer a law. If a person, knowing he or she is not a qualified voter of the state or knowing that he or she has already signed the same petition, signs a petition for initiation of a constitutional amendment or other measure or for referral of legislation or if any person signs a name other than his or her own, that person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
2-1-7. Petitions to be signed in person.
Every petition proposing a measure shall be signed in person by the petitioners.
2-1-9. Separate papers constituting single petition.
A single petition may be made up of one or more papers, each having the requisite heading and verification.
2-1-10. Verification of persons circulating initiative or referendum petitions--Form and content--Violation as misdemeanor.
Each person, who circulates and secures signatures to a petition to initiate a constitutional amendment or other measure or to refer legislation to the electors, shall sign a verification before filing the petition with the officer in whose office it is by law required to be filed. The verification shall prescribe that the circulator made reasonable inquiry and, to the best of the circulator's knowledge, each person signing the petition is a qualified voter of the state in the county indicated on the signature line and that no state statute regarding the circulation of petitions was knowingly violated. The State Board of Elections shall prescribe the form for the verification. The verification shall be complete and the affixing of the circulator's signature shall be witnessed and notarized by a notary public commissioned in South Dakota or other officer authorized to administer oaths pursuant to 18-3-1. Any person who falsely swears to the verification provided for in this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
2-1-11. Petitions liberally construed.
The petitions herein provided for shall be liberally construed, so that the real intention of the petitioners may not be defeated by a mere technicality.
2-1-16. Signatures to be verified by random sampling--Methodology. The secretary of state shall verify the signatures pursuant to § 2-1-15 by random sampling. The random sample of signatures to be verified shall be drawn so that each signature received by the secretary of state is given an equal opportunity to be included in the sample. The secretary of state shall calculate the number of valid signatures by multiplying the total number of signatures received by the percentage of successfully verified signatures from the random sample. The secretary of state shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, establishing the methodology for conducting the random sample. The random sampling shall be an examination of the signatures received consisting of a number of signatures that is statistically correlative to not less than ninety-five percent level of confidence with a margin of error equal to not more than three and sixty-two one-hundredths percent.
2-1-17. Certification of results of random sampling--Notification of petition sponsors.
If the random sample indicates that a sufficient number of qualified electors have signed the petition, the secretary of state shall certify that the petition has been signed by the required number of qualified electors and shall place the proposed measure or amendment on the next general election ballot. If the random sample indicates that an insufficient number of qualified electors have signed the petition, the secretary of state shall certify that the petition has not been signed by the required number of qualified electors and may not place the proposed measure or amendment on the next general election ballot. The secretary of state shall, within five days of certifying, notify the petition sponsors of the secretary of state's action pursuant to this section.
References: ELECTION CODE (accessed Sept. 18, 2017)
- Subject Matter:
To recall a law
- Decision maker:
- Number Of Signatures:
- 5% of registered voters
- Available Time:
- 90 days
- Turnout Quorum:
- No turnout quorum found in legal source
- Approval Quorum:
- Majority of those voting
- Geographical Quorum:
- No geographical quorum found in legal source
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- Other Formal Requirements:
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- Transparency And Finance: