Argus Editorial: Legislature Uncomfortable with Citizens Participating in Democracy

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader agrees that we need to protect South Dakota’s “storied tradition” of direct democracy from Legislative attack: South Dakota’s storied tradition of citizen-led ballot measures is under fire, which we probably should have seen coming. The state’s initiative and referendum process expanded nearly 50 years ago to include constitutional amendments, allowing …

How to Circulate a Ballot Question Petition

Do you want to do democracy? Of course you do! Petition gear! https://t.co/NpHRGCtLM7 pic.twitter.com/51BQsWQtrZ — CAHeidelberger (@coralhei) April 19, 2019 The Legislature doesn’t require you to wear a necktie to circulate ballot question petitions, but they have made the process of circulating a ballot question petition unnecessarily complicated. Here’s the most concise guide I can …

Proposed Meta-Initiative: Restoring the People’s Power of Initiative and Referendum

We’re working on a new initiative to reform the initiative and referendum process. The language is complicated: to undo all the complications the Legislature has used to ruin the process for grassroots South Dakotans, we have to strike and replace a lot of language in a several different statutes. To make sure you can see …