It has been brought to my attention that a small southeastern town city administrator is pushing to get a bill submitted (hasn’t been yet) taking municipal referendum and initiative signature requirements to 20 percent of registered voters from 5 percent. This will eliminate yet another safety net to keep city councils in line. That would change the required signatures in Sioux Falls to jump from around 6k to over 24K. Ironically it would take more signatures in Sioux Falls to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot then the amount of people who typically vote in a municipal election.

I often remind people that 1) we need to make the referendum process easier not harder and 2) and signing a petition doesn’t mean you approve of the initiative just your right to vote on it. For example, I signed the slaughterhouse petition even though I already knew I would vote against it. Direct Democracy is a beautiful thing and any opportunity we have to use it and promote it is good for the public.

2 Thoughts on “Is the South Dakota State Legislature looking at limiting Municipal Referendums?

  1. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on January 31, 2023 at 2:12 pm said:

    Would it help if we called it Direct Republicanism? Although, Direct Republicanism sounds more like the final stage of a colonoscopy.

  2. "Woodstock" on January 31, 2023 at 2:13 pm said:

    “I think ‘Direct Republicanism’ was a new wave hit by Re-Flex”….

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