Monday, February 28, 2011

South Dakota Legislature Kills Open Primary Bill

South Dakota Voice of Independents founder Kim Wright emailed last week: As you know SB175 was sent to the senate floor last week in SD only to be completely ignored--no need for debate, bill declared dead.


History of bill in committee here

Text of bill here
Introduced by: Senators Adelstein, Cutler, Holien, and Lederman and Representative Venner

 FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide for the participation of independent voters in primary elections.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That § 12-6-2612-6-26 be amended to read as follows:
    12-6-26. If a person is registered as a member of a political party in the precinct in which the person seeks to vote, the person may vote that party's ballot at any primary election. If a person is registered to vote with no party affiliation in the precinct in which that person seeks to vote, the person may vote a single party ballot of that person's choice at any primary election.
    Section 2. That § 12-19-2.6 be amended to read as follows:
    12-19-2.6. If an absentee voter in a primary election is registered as an independent and is eligible to vote more than one ballot style pursuant to § 12-6-26, the voter may specify the voter's ballot style preference on the absentee ballot application. If no ballot style is designated, the absentee voter shall be provided a nonpolitical ballot.
    If an absentee voter in a primary election is registered as an independent and is only eligible to vote one ballot style, the absentee voter shall be provided that ballot style. If more than one ballot style is available and no nonpolitical ballot is available and the absentee voter does not designate the ballot style to be received, no ballot may be provided to the absentee voter.

Also read here

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