Lawmakers pass new rules for initiative petition circulators

March 5, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would require ballot question signature gatherers to provide more information to voters.

Senators voted 18-15 Monday to send the bill to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. It would require circulators to provide petition signers their name, email and phone number.

Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe, a supporter, says people who sign petitions have to give their information away, but there’s nothing identifying petition circulators.

Democratic Sen. Troy Heinert, an opponent, was concerned about requiring younger people who are gathering signatures to release personal phone numbers or email addresses.

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