SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — Pierre lawmakers were the ones who put Constitutional Amendment C to the June primary ballot and many candidates for Pierre continue to support the change.
Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, brought the original version which called for it to be on the November 2022 ballot. Senator Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, amended it to put it on the June 2022 ballot during of the 2021 session.
KELOLAND News received 63 responses from more than 100 candidates for the State Senate and House in the June primary ballot. One of the seven questions posed to candidates concerned their position on Amendment C and why.
Of the responses received to date, 48 candidates have responded that they support Amendment C, while six are opposed and nine say they have not yet made a decision on the matter or do not had not answered the question.
There are 27 districts with Republican primaries, while two districts will have Democratic primaries. Eight districts will not have primary elections.
All voters, regardless of party registration, will vote for Amendment Cthat would require 60% of voters to approve a ballot measure that involves changing taxes or spending more than $10 million.
Many responses in favor of Amendment C say they want to make tax increases more difficult and believe the general public should be held to a higher standard, such as the 2/3 majority needed to approve increases taxes in the South Dakota Legislative Assembly.
A candidate against Amendment C said the measure tried to silence the voices of South Dakota voters and other opponents said it took too much power away from the people. Another candidate worried about “unintended consequences” and will vote against Amendment C.
You can find all of the candidates’ responses on the election page and in the breakdown below. Not sure which neighborhood you live in? Find your voter registration information from the Secretary of State Voter Information Portal.
For registered Democratic and independent voters, there will only be local primaries for the State House races in Sioux Falls-based Districts 11 and 26A, located in Mellette and Todd counties.
All contestant stories will be updated with contestant responses and photos when received. KELOLAND News contacted each candidate through email addresses listed on the Secretary of State’s website. campaign finance reporting system.
Districts that will not have primaries are: District 6 (Harrisburg and Tea), District 10 (Central and East Sioux Falls), District 15 (Central and North Sioux Falls), District 17 (Vermillion and North Sioux City) , District 18 (Yankton), District 21 (Wagner, Platte, Plankinton, White River and Gregory), District 22 (Huron and Redfield) and District 27 (Wall and Pine Ridge Reservation).