Posts tagged: South Dakota

Mar 22 2013

South Dakota Secretary of State Expects Americans Elect to Still be on Ballot in 2014

Source: Ballot Access News

Even though South Dakota HB 1018 has been signed into law, and even though it goes into effect on July 1, the South Dakota Secretary of State thinks Americans Elect will still be on the 2014 ballot. The bill lets a party dissolve itself. However, the Secretary of State’s office feels that for the Americans Elect Party to have a state chair in place, the national party would need to amend its national bylaws and give Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Letting Americans Elect Remove Itself from 2014 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 14, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed HB 1018, which says a ballot-qualified party can cease to be ballot-qualified if both the national chair of the party, and the state chair of the party, sign a notarized statement saying they wish to eliminate the party. The purpose of this bill (which has other, unrelated election law provisions) is to enable Americans Elect to remove itself from the 2014 Read more »

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Mar 05 2013

South Dakota Bill, Letting Americans Elect Remove Itself from 2014 Ballot, Passes Legislature

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 4, the South Dakota Senate passed HB 1018, the omnibus election law bill that includes a provision that a ballot-qualified party may remove itself from the ballot. That provision was included so that Americans Elect can revoke its political party status, and avoid being on the 2014 ballot with its own primary.

Also on March 4, HB 1072 was signed into law. It repeals the South Dakota law that Read more »

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Feb 27 2013

South Dakota Bill, Permitting Americans Elect to Remove Itself from Ballot, Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 27, the South Dakota Senate Local Government Committee passed HB 1018, which lets ballot-qualified parties remove themselves from the ballot. The purpose of this is to enable Americans Elect to terminate its qualified party status. Without the bill, the party would have its own primary in 2014, whether it wants it or not.

The Senate Committee considered an amendment to the bill that would have made it more Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

South Dakota Bill That Would Let Americans Elect to Remove Itself from Ballot has Hearing on February 22

Source: Ballot Access News

The South Dakota Senate Local Government Committee will hear HB 1018 on Friday, February 22, at 7:45 a.m. This is the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill, and it has already passed the House. Among other things, it would let a ballot-qualified party cease to be ballot-qualified if the state chair of the party wishes. This provision has been included in the bill to give Americans Elect a chance to avoid being on the ballot Read more »

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Jan 17 2013

South Dakota Bill Would Allow Americans Elect to Remove Itself from 2014 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s omnibus bill, HB 1018, would allow a ballot-qualified party to tell the Secretary of State that it no longer wishes to be ballot-qualified. The national chair and the state chair would both be required to sign paperwork, ending the party’s qualified status. The bill seems faulty because it is entirely possible that a party ballot-qualified in South Dakota might not have a national chair, or any national officers. There are many ballot-qualified parties in the United States Read more »

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Nov 28 2012

Constitution Party’s Presidential Vote in Seven States was its Highest Presidential Vote Ever

Source: Ballot Access News

Virgil Goode polled more votes in seven states than any previous Constitution Party presidential nominee. Those states are Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wyoming.

The Constitution Party has never placed its presidential nominee on the ballot in North Carolina, but Goode’s write-in total of 619 is higher than any previous write-in total for the party’s presidential nominee Read more »

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Oct 22 2012

Two Former Presidential Candidates from South Dakota Die Almost Simultaneously

Source: Ballot Access News

As has been well-reported, George McGovern died in his home state of South Dakota on October 21. And, on October 22, Russell Means died, also in South Dakota. See this obituary from Reason Magazine.

McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, and he also sought the Democratic nomination in 1968 and 1984. Means sought the Libertarian nomination in 1988, and he probably Read more »

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Sep 22 2012

Six States Have a Republican-Democratic Ballot Monopoly for All Congressional Elections

Source: Ballot Access News

Minor party and/or independent candidates for Congress will appear on the ballot in 44 states this November. The states in which there will be no such candidates are Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Washington.

In Hawaii, Nebraska, and South Dakota, there are ballot-qualified minor parties who could have run someone without a great deal of effort, but no one chose to run. Read more »

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Apr 24 2012

Yankton, South Dakota Daily Newspaper Editorial is Pleased With Having Five Parties on the Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan has this editorial, expressing happiness that South Dakota now has five qualified parties on the ballot. The editorial does not say, but it could have said, that this is the most number of qualified parties in South Dakota since 1914. Between 1939 and 1984, South Dakota required a petition of 10% of the last gubernatorial vote for a new party to get on the ballot. No group ever managed to cope with that Read more »

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