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SD Public TV to air Understanding the 2016 Ballot Measures tonight at 8pm CT 7pm MT

October 27, 2016

SD Public Broadcasting's SD Focus Program will air tonight (Oct. 27th) at 8pm CT and 7pm MT "Understanding Referred Laws & Initiated Measures" for 2016 on SDPB Channel 1.

Can't watch it?  The episode is already on their website for your viewing pleasure!  Check it out at

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South Dakota Early Voting Has Started!!!

September 26, 2016

Early voting has already started in South Dakota!!!  

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official. The County Election Official will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Election Official.  You can also complete a request for an absentee ballot online:

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2016 SD Summit on Civic Education & Engagement Final Report Available

July 19, 2016

With assistance from the South Dakota Humanities Council, Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League, a roundtable summit was convened to discuss civic education and civic engagement. 

Participants from across South Dakota met for six hours to address the following questions:

  • How would you define civic engagement?
  • Is civic engagement and education working in South Dakota?
  • What resources and efforts are needed to get citizens to participate in the democratic process?
  • What steps should be taken, and by whom, to implement or expand current civic education and citizen engagement initiatives?
  • How can this translate into enhanced citizen involvement in public policy issues and participatory government?

The purpose of the roundtable was to bring together an eclectic group of citizens, civic leaders, educators, elected and appointed officials to discuss civic engagement and education for all people in all communities.  The roundtable was a discussion, not a debate.  Participants deliberated not only on basic definitions but more importantly actions needed (and by whom) to improve the fundamental aspects of our civic life right here in South Dakota.

Download the report here:

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Ballot Questions Galore on November Ballot - Learn More Here

April 14, 2016

Get the skinny on all of the ballot questions that will be on your November ballot here:

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Crisis in Civic Education Report Paints Bleak Picture - Read Here

January 20, 2016

A report released just this past week by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni paints a very disturbing picture of civic education and knowledge among college graduates and the general public. An excerpt from the report states: "There is a crisis in American civic education. Survey after survey shows that recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage. They cannot identify the term lengths of members of Congress, the substance of the First Amendment, or the origin of the separation of powers. They do not know the Father of the Constitution, and nearly 10% say that Judith Sheindlin—“Judge Judy”—is on the Supreme Court. Studies show that our colleges and universities are doing little or nothing to address the knowledge gap. A recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) of over 1,100 liberal arts colleges and universities found that only a handful—18%—require students to take even one survey course in American history or government before they graduate."

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