GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot.

Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to understand what they’re signing. Ballot measure supporters are out collecting thousands of signatures ahead of the Nov. 6 deadline for petitions to be submitted to the secretary of state.

The GOP wrote on its “Don’t Sign on the Line” Facebook page that the educational initiative comes because South Dakota’s ballot is “continually being used as a mad scientist’s laboratory.”

The 2016 election season featured 10 ballot questions and over $10 million from out-of-state sources. Republican officials have repeatedly criticized the money from donors outside South Dakota and have since discussed changes to the state’s ballot question system.

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