Redistricting Measure Backers Submit 34K Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Signatures have been submitted to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would take control of redistricting from South Dakota legislators and give it to an independent commission.

Supporters handed over more than 34,000 signatures for the amendment on Monday, which is the deadline to turn them in to the secretary of state for review. Constitutional amendments require almost 28,000 valid signatures to advance to the 2018 ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office conducts a random sampling of signatures to determine validity.

Supporters say the plan would make elections fairer in South Dakota. It mirrors a constitutional amendment that voters rejected last year.

The commission would consist of nine people with no more than three from any one political party. Under the amendment, the commission would redistrict in 2021 and every decade after.

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