State Board of Elections sets June 15 hearing

The South Dakota Board of Elections has scheduled a public hearing in Pierre on June 15 at 10 a.m. CT in the South Dakota Association of County Officials building at 211 E. Prospect Ave.

The list of proposed changes to state rules is long. Here they are verbatim as published Wednesday:

“Specify a 30 day deadline date for a voter to return the invalid/incomplete voter registration acknowledgment notice to provide consistency with all county auditors and comply with signed House Bill 1036 from the 2017 Legislative Session.

“Change the name of a Secondary Election to Runoff Election in the above administrative rules is
due to signed House Bills 1036 and 1037.

“Add judicial office to be listed in the notice of deadline for filing nominating petitions for the primary election which should have been included in the past.

“Due to the passage of Senate Bill 77 and House Bills 1001 & 1034 the
addition of the following language is being added to the general election ballot ‘Legislative
Research Council’s Prison/Jail Population Cost Estimate and/or Fiscal Note.’

“Additional clean up amendments to the primary and general election ballot formats to include notations for front and reverse sides, clarifying ballot printing notes, adding an option for county finance officer, and providing the format for State Representative Districts 26 & 28 A and B and new primary and general election ballot formats are being added to allow county auditor’s to purchase new ballot marking devices.

“Amending the tax levy opt-out ballot format to be used by county, municipality
or school to provide clarification on the format for those local jurisdictions.

“Create a new ballot format for capital outlay elections for school districts to provide assistance to the school district.

“Create a new ballot format for school sentinel program elections to provide assistance to the
school district.

“Create a new ballot format to assist county auditors with ballot for tax levy
ballots for maintaining repairing, constructing or reconstructing roads and bridges.

“Clarifying that a petition sheet must be printed on a self-contained sheet of paper printed front and reverse side due to passage of HB 1034.

“Amended the rule for the random sample on statewide candidates and statewide ballot measures due to passage of HB 1035 by replacing the 5% random sample requirement to a sample that is statistically correlative to not less than a 95% level of confidence with a margin of error equal to not more than 3.62%.

“Repealed two petitions for conservation district candidates and amended the third petition due to the passage of SB 78 which changed the candidates for district supervisors to run at large instead of by areas.

“Amended the application for absentee voting to add language to clarify what category of
Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter the applicant falls under to comply with the
federal law and we also provided other language to simplify the application instructions.

“Removed language requiring an Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter has to provide
their voting residence on the ballot return envelope as there is no state law that requires those
voters to provide that information.”

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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