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Who are my legislators?

December 30, 2016

Curious about how to get in touch with your legislators prior to and during the upcoming legislative session?  Check this link out from the SD Legislative Research Council.

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

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IM 22 Put On Hold By Judge

December 09, 2016

Judge Mark Barnett has put a temporary stop on Initiated Measure 22's implementation.  The measure, which received 51.62% of the vote, is designed to include an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.  But opponents, especially Governor Daugaard, state that it "The drafters ignored the constitutional questions and moved ahead with this deeply flawed piece of legislation. They're not South Dakotans. They don't live here and they don't have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Instead they promoted this measure with a deceptive campaign," Daugaard said. 

He recommended lawmakers to not set aside money to fund IM 22. Under the new law, the state would have to set aside $9 for every registered voter who can use it to fund a campaign. At 544,000 voters, that would cost the state $5 million. While the Governor doesn't think the state could afford that, Democrats have a different vision. 

"Last legislative session the majority party told us we had 50-70 million in the current budget to use to increase education funding so I would hope that they would come to the table and find 5 million of those dollars," Senator Billie Sutton said. 

To pay for the measure, Daugaard says the state would only be able to give education a .6 percent increase instead of his proposed 1 percent increase. Democrat Representative Spencer Hawley doesn't think that makes sense, and says the Government needs to listen to the will of the voters.  

See more on the decision to put a temporary stop on IM 22's provisions here http://bit.ly/2hbKO0t

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Pierre & Aberdeen Newspapers Cover Kids Voting

November 09, 2016

Great article in the Pierre Capital Journal  and Aberdeen Ameridan News about Kids Voting SD!

http://www.capjournal.com/news/kids-cast-their-vote-for-president/article_ff51d130-a655-11e6-8009-bb15759c3ec9.html

http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/local/aberdeen-kids-support-republicans-reject-lowering-youth-minimum-wage/article_968247c9-243f-54e1-bce7-af766b3adad4.html

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SD Kids Voting Official Results 2016

November 09, 2016

Official Kids Voting SD Election Results 2016

President                                                                                        

Trump & Pence – 6484 (58.99%)                                     

Johnson & Weld – 940 (8.55%)                                            

Clinton & Kane – 3164 (28.79%)

Castle & Bradley – 403 (3.67%)

 

 U.S. Senator 

John R. Thune – 7601 (80.48%)    

Jay Williams – 1844 (19.52%)  

 

 U.S. Representative    

Kristi Noem – 7621 (81.51%)

Paula Hawks – 1729 (18.49%)    

                                                     

Public Utilities Commissioner

Chris Nelson – 5119 (71.46%)

Henry Red Cloud – 2044 (28.54%)

 

 

South Dakota Ballot Measures:

Students 9th – 12th grades only:

 

Constitutional Amendment R                                             

Yes – 1869 (47.13%)                                                             

No – 2097 (52.87%)                                                             

 

Constitutional Amendment S                                              

Yes – 2273 (56.32%)                                                            

No – 1763 (43.68%)                                                              

 

Constitutional Amendment T                                      

Yes – 1497 (39.08%)                                                             

No – 2334 (60.92%)                                                             

 

Constitutional Amendment U                                             

Yes – 1677 (46.27%)                                                             

No – 2247 (57.26%)                                                             

 

Constitutional Amendment V                                       

Yes – 1713 (43.64%)                                                             

No – 2212 (56.36%)                                                             

 

Initiated Measure 21

Yes – 2402 (57.29%)

No – 1791 (42.71%)

 

Initiated Measure 22

Yes – 1664 (44.79%)

No – 2051 (55.21%)

 

Initiated Measure 23

Yes – 1211 (32.74%)

No – 2488 (67.26%)

 

Referred Law 19

Yes – 1653 (40.85%)

No – 2394 (59.15%)

 

Referred Law 20

Yes – 952 (25.29%)

No – 2813 (74.71%)

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Vote 605 Mobile App still available

October 27, 2016

Hey, don't forget that the SD Secretary of State has a cool App for your phone!  The VOTE 605 app shows you what your ballot will look like, where to vote, how to get to your polling place and much much more.  Get it today from your App store!

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