20K Signatures Submitted For Vote-By-Mail Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot have turned in nearly 20,000 signatures to put it before voters in 2018.

Ballot question campaigns hoping to go before voters next year face a crucial Monday deadline to turn in signatures to the secretary of state for review.

Initiated measures need nearly 14,000 valid signatures to advance to the 2018 ballot. The Secretary of State’s office conducts a random sampling of signatures to determine validity.

Supporter Drey Samuelson says the measure would help raise voter turnout and save taxpayer dollars.

Under the proposal, county commissioners could vote to dispense with polling places and require primary, special and general elections to be conducted via mail ballot.

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