South Dakota Republican Party “Don’t Sign on the Line” effort prevents Democrat Socialist activist from halting ballot measure reform law.
The South Dakota Republican Party was delighted to hear today that a ballot referral effort on House Bill 1094 failed to obtain sufficient signatures to be placed on the ballot. South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman noted that it’s a positive sign that the party’s educational efforts encouraging people to know what they’re signing are working
Lederman said “Through a simple message of encouraging voters “Don’t Sign on the Line” until after they’ve examined all of the repercussions of the petitions they’re being asked to put their name to, South Dakota Republicans were a part of stopping Democrat Socialist Cory Heidelberger from preventing the implementation of House Bill 1094, an act to revise certain programs regarding transparency of the petition circulation process, and placing it on the ballot.”
Lederman noted that there’s a good reason that these professional petition hawkers want to stop new laws, and to rewrite voter protections passed in previous legislative sessions – it’s hard on the petition industry’s bottom line.
“For many years, South Dakota’s grassroots initiative and referendum process has been under siege from consultants and liberal interest groups who have made a very lucrative industry of putting measures on the ballot,” Lederman said. “We’ve had to endure efforts as crazy as welfare for political campaigns and wanting to put judges in jail. And these have all been imported into South Dakota because we’re a state that’s both easy to put measures on the ballot, and media buys are relatively inexpensive.”
“As a party, we believe an informed voter is a good voter. And that no one should feel forced to sign any petition without fully understanding what they’re putting on the ballot. High-pressure sales should not be part of the initiative and referendum process,” Lederman said.