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(SD)-Open Primary Amendment Fails To Make SD Ballot

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/02/2018 11:47 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -  South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says supporters of an open primary constitutional amendment didn't submit enough valid signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, but the rejection could be challenged in court.
     Backers needed nearly 28,000 valid signatures to put the amendment on the ballot and turned in petitions with roughly 37,200 signatures, but Krebs says a random sampling of those petitions found only about 25,500 signatures were valid.
     The amendment would have moved South Dakota to an open primary system for many political races in which the top two finishers in a primary would advance to the general election regardless of party.


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