Rapid City Journal this Morning - Don't mess with the Initiated Measure Process

From today's Rapid City Journal:

One proposed law would require the Secretary of State's Office verify a random sample of 5 percent of the signatures on the petitions. Currently, state employees only check to see that the number of required signatures are gathered. This may take more work on the part of the Secretary of State's Office to verify the signatures, but it would force petition circulators to be careful that only registered voters sign the petitions.


If such a law passes the Legislature, what happens if invalid signatures are found? Would a certain number of invalid signatures trigger a more thorough review of the remaining signatures or invalidate the petitions? We would imagine that even the most conscientious signature collector might gather signatures from nonregistered voters.


We would like more information on the proposed changes before endorsing them or rejecting them. The Legislature should proceed cautiously before tinkering with South Dakota's long heritage of citizen-initiated measures. The purpose of such changes should be to ensure the integrity of the petition process, not to make it more difficult.

Read it all here.


been there said…
You mean to tell me that none of the signatures are checked now!!! How do we know any of them are good?? This sounds like a reasonable idea.
Anonymous said…
I, too, have "been there" in other states. In one of them, every signature (including that of the person who gathered the petitions AND THAT OF THE CANDIDATE!!!) was verified as to registration, residence, etc. It takes time. But it is worth it. You can stop once you reach the required number of valid signatures.

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