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South Dakotans like Ballot Initiatives


Feel that Citizen ballot initiatives are an important part of the democratic process in South Dakota


Don't want the South Dakota legislature should make it more difficult for citizen initiatives to get onto the ballot


Believe that Democracy is always the most preferable form of government

Source: South Dakota News Watch. Chiesman Center for Democracy at the University of South Dakota Poll, April 2021. 

Vote NO on C

Update: Amendment C was defeated on Tuesday, June 7th!

A 'Crackdown' on Democracy

South Dakota has a rich history of voters taking matters into their own hands when their state leaders fail to act. It is called the citizen ballot initiative and we have been doing it around here since 1898.

But in 2021 the South Dakota Legislature placed Amendment C on the June 2022 primary ballot. It is a constitutional amendment requiring 60% approval for citizen ballot initiatives like Medicaid expansion.


They tried to pass a similar measure in 2018, but South Dakotans said NO. We beat them then and we will beat them in 2022, with your help... 

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Amendment C is a big money CON JOB!

Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Legislature placed Amendment C on the June 2022 Primary Ballot. They did this for a reason. Fewer people vote in primaries.

    A superficial 60% vote threshold will become part of the state constitution. Future laws like MEDICAL MARIJUANA could be subject to it FOREVER.

  • NO ACCOUNTABILITY: Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Legislature gets all the power here — not the voters of South Dakota. Who knows what they will do next?

  • NOT NEEDED: We’ve been using citizen initiatives since 1898. 50% is good enough to get elected to the legislature. Why change the vote threshold now?


Mitchell Daily Republic

Group hits snag in effort to let voters decide on grocery tax

... on the 2024 ballot to legalize but regulate access to abortion. Yet as
the food tax removal measure has taken shape, Weiland said the...

SD NewsWatch

Controversy surrounds plan to end food tax by ballot measure rather than through legislature

“Someone needs to hold their feet to the fire,” said Dakotans for Health founder Rick Weiland of Sioux Falls, whose group also plans to put a constitutional amendment on the 2024 ballot to legalize but regulate access to abortion.


2020 law signed by Noem loses appeal

Dakotans for Health ended up withdrawing its Medicaid expansion ballot
measure ... process,” Weiland said in a statement to KELOLAND News.

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Grassroots organizers came together to protect the minimum wage and kick the pay-day lenders out of our state. We'll beat Amendment C too.

Laney Stricherz

Grassroots Volunteer

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