FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 9, 2017
GOP ON VOTER REGISTRATION RELEASE: “SOHOLT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A REPUBLICAN,” AND “LOTS OF PEOPLE DECIDE TO BECOME DO-ERS”
Today a press release from Citizens for Liberty provided to Democrat activists claimed that State Senator Deb Soholt, District 14, had changed her voter registered from Republican to “No Party” in December of 2016.
In a statement issued today by Christopher Protsch, Communications Director for the South Dakota Republican Party, Protsch noted “This alleged party change was a complete surprise and after reviewing the source document from 12.9.16, Senator Soholt found her registration was inadvertently changed electronically.
On the day at the Department of Motor Vehicles, as she was getting a new driver’s license after having lost her wallet in DC, when the renewal kiosk auto-filled her information, she missed the open box for “party” before signing. Protsch explained, “The truth of the matter is that Senator Soholt has been a Republican since becoming a registered voter at the age of 18 – except for this human error.”
Soholt has stated that she is resolving the issue immediately. This release of information was timed in conjunction with a voter scorecard released by Rapid City group “Citizens for Liberty.” The group researched the voter registration history of State Republican legislators, and discovered that several had been formerly registered as Democrats, some going back decades into the past.
Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman said that he “didn’t view the party change of former Democrats becoming Republicans as something to be ashamed of, but rather a badge of honor.”
“The South Dakota Republican Party has always been the party who has welcomed people with open arms, including Democrat legislators as former Senator Eldon Nygaard who became a Republican State Senator after being elected as a Democrat, as well as Senator Ryan Maher, who changed parties to Republican after being elected as a Democrat a number of years ago.”
Lederman continued, “If any more Democrats, especially legislators, want to switch from the party of obstructionists and join the political party of do-ers, I’m ready to sign them up today, and to welcome them in joining Republicans to get things accomplished for South Dakota.”