Is South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s investigation being delayed due to him being a Presidential Elector?

So let’s just imagine for a moment that the investigation has revealed that Jason is negligent, either big or small, doesn’t matter. And charges are filed. How does this look when he now appears on the statewide ballot where early voting has already begun?

As I told a couple of friends today, it’s all about appearance.

Legally, there is not much that can be done to remove him as an elector. People are already voting, and that is likely not to happen.

I’m not saying there is a connection, but the longer the state avoids presenting the facts of the investigation as a contentious presidential election is raging makes you wonder if this is more about timing and less about exposing a possible crime.

I’m willing to make the bet that we will not see a final report until after the polls close in November. As I said in a previous post, if it walks like duck and quacks like a duck, in South Dakota, that’s a corrupt duck.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 09.24.20 at 9:47 pm

They’re already voting for a guy who had a pornstar girlfriend. Who once settled a fraud case involving his “University” for a “little” $25 million. Then, he filed bankruptcy, what four or five times? And he has multiple sexual harassment lawsuits against him. He likes dictators. He tried to delay the general election. And he also claims that only votes counted on election night count. How could an indicted elector matter? Rather, it just fits the pattern. 😉

( and Woodstock adds: “Between Ravnsborg and McGowan, what the hell is going on here?”…. “And I thought Meierhenry and Volk getting arrested for gambling in Winner back in ’82, as public officials, was bad enough”… )

#2 The Guy From Guernsey on 09.25.20 at 7:43 am

In all cases there are processes for replacing Presidential Electors who are unable to fulfill their duties.
In some cases, a slate of alternates is elected to serve in the event that one of the Electors cannot fulfill their duty. There were apparently no Alternate Electors selected at the annual South Dakota Republican Party Convention.
In some states, there is the allowance for electors to select replacements by majority vote in case of “unexpected absences”.*
In South Dakota, it appears that the Party Constitution provides that “the State Central Committee shall fill vacancies for party candidates for presidential elector or statewide office.”

* Rather hypothetical in most states and circumstances, but …
“What if” the AG were to go pheasant hunting in Charles Mix County,
never to return?

#3 D@ily Spin on 09.25.20 at 7:47 am

Hmmm, I think you’re right. I wondered why there wasn’t action. I think Trump has the electoral college but the popular vote, maybe not. Why is it that we are a democracy but it doesn’t feel like it? Only Nero knows.

#4 The Guy From Guernsey on 09.25.20 at 8:08 am

With all that stated above, the Party (vis a vis Dan Lederman) will not be quick to kick Ravnsborg to the curb.
Ravnsborg is Lederman’s boy.
I acknowledge that Ravnsborg invested a lot of time in cultivating personal familiarity and name recognition by driving all over the state during the 2 years preceding his nomination and election. As a single underemployed vagabond attorney, what else did he have to occupy his time? But, in no way is he close to sniffing the office of AG without substantial boost from the party boss.
Ravnsborg’s nomination was about spanking back the candidacies of a couple of roustabouts who would be a threat to party rule and establishment more so than selecting a more qualified individual for the position.
Don’t expect hasty action on Lederman’s part to ditch Ravnsborg.
However, I think the Governor would vote him off the island immediately. She suffers poorly dolts who provide distraction.

#5 Popularvotelol on 09.25.20 at 8:47 am

You libs are a funny bunch! Popular vote, 😂. That’s why you lost the last election and are going to lose this one! Hillary didn’t campaign, and Hidin Biden is doing even less. Sitting in your basement and recording “free stuff for everyone” isn’t gonna work.

Oh, and where is the uproar in the media over the FBI tweets confirming Trump was right about Obama, FBI, Dossier, fake Russia hoax. Treason.

#6 Registered Independent on 09.25.20 at 11:45 am


I have followed politics all my life.

For FIFTY YEARS I have voted, rarely missing a local, state or federal election.

For four years, I have watched as the 45th President of the United States has degraded the office of the presidency.

Today, as a REGISTERED INDEPENDENT voter, I cast my ABSENTEE ballot for Joseph R. Biden.

#7 "Woodstock" on 09.25.20 at 12:07 pm

“What? Getting rid of the IMF treaty, hating on allies, and denying Putin’s involvement in the 2016 election means no ‘Treason’?”

#8 kurtz on 09.25.20 at 12:48 pm

John Thune’s rejection of Trump was a ruse. He already had knew Donald Trump was a sleaze from his basketball buddy Jim Comey. That’s right: the vast white wing of the Republican Party was going to beat Hillary Clinton at any cost even if it meant colluding with a sworn enemy of the United States, destroying the presidency and taking down the republic. So Thune made Congress look the other way as Russia and Cambridge Analytica conspired with Facebook to hack the election.

#9 l3wis on 09.25.20 at 12:56 pm

I voted today to. There was about 4 people voting when I was there. I encourage everyone to VOTE early at the election center right behind the Minnehaha Admin building east.

#10 I'mvoting,too on 09.25.20 at 1:47 pm

I’m voting too, in person, on election day for your 46th President of the United States, Donald J Trump. Your side wont be able to harvest enough mail in ballots to win the election. The FBI, Clinton, and Obama wont be able to collude to put together another Russian Hoax to try and impeach him, either.

It must suck to be on the losing side, even though you break all the rules to try and win?

Hopefully I won’t have to wear a mask like all the Sheep when I vote.

#11 cast a vote on 09.25.20 at 4:38 pm

Voted today. only wish their was a candidate running against the hypocrite Thune , to give him a vote.Independents will vote out Bone spurs.

#12 "Woodstock" on 09.25.20 at 10:12 pm

“46th President? I didn’t know that FDR was the 32nd, 33rd, 34th, and 35th president. Does this mean that Jerry Ford never got a number?…”… “What about Chester Arthur, A. Johnson, Millard Fillmore, and John Tyler, too?”…. #SoThatsHowItWorks #FuxkingDumbIdiotsWithBigTrucks&Flags

#13 scott on 09.25.20 at 10:30 pm

there is nothing more sheeplike than calling people sheep.

#14 qanominous on 09.27.20 at 10:53 am

With the investigation being done by neighboring states it seems possible that more strangeness should turn up or get leaked. I don’t know how SD could maintain a reciprocity deal with its brand of corruption. Maybe trading prisoners or something, idk.

#15 RidingRule37(e) on 09.27.20 at 12:54 pm

The rules of evidence and law enforcement responsibility rulings are very friendly toward law enforcement who “just don’t think to” preserve critical evidence or alternatively don’t think to get the evidence in the first place. Assume they know what really happened and consequently know exactly where to not look. Such “failures” occasionally allow one to deduce what really happened by what evidence is not obtained. A retrospective study of the various players in the Janklow case and their financial history may or may not illustrate that mistakes in law enforcement are sometimes very good things for careers.
In a situation like Ravnborg’s allowing time to delete most of the forensic evidence may or may not be the smart move for him.
After Janklow one would have thought that an innocent AG would have demanded a drug/alcohol test immediately if they thought it was in their favor if for no other reasons than the accident was likely to total the car and smart politics. Is not getting a drug/alcohol test after a vehicle accident current military policy or would the military expect their officers to ensure the test data was obtained? The theory is that in crisis training takes over.
I believe a 2011 Taurus will have the minimum EDR data and maybe has user inputs versus braking.
I suspect the evidence that would be hardest to overcome or alternatively will be the most supporting will be the application, phone and tower evidence. For example I think some models of phone have logs of sensors like acceleration and keystrokes that would be very interesting in establishing a timeline versus when the accident occurred and when 911 was called. Same with the tower and user app information. Even without GPS, radio power levels, sector changes and other data would establish a timeline that would be hard to refute. With GPS non-discovery of the body might be revealed. I would think a thorough blood analysis of the various cars would be in order also to establish where bodies were not. Hopefully the family has requested all the application, phone and tower evidence to be preserved before it is gone. Same with all the apps open on the phone at the time of the accident. Same for the phone of the victim.
In my experience people telling the truth like all the forensic support they can get as fast as they can get it.