WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
On November 3rd 2021, Federal Judge Charles B Kornmann rejected Governor Noem’s request to stay his August ruling that grassroots activists could continue to collect signature for Initiated Measures until May 3rd 2022.
On December 12th 2021, Governor Kristi Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, and South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnet appealed Judge Kornmann's November 3rd decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
On January 6th 2022, the 8th Circuit denied their request to stay the ruling of the lower court and that means more Democracy for all of us!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help give your community the gift of Democracy. Join our grassroots team of petition circulators right now. We have until May 3rd to collect approximately 17,000 signatures and need your help! If you can afford it, make a DONATION to help keep this important work going.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I thought the signature deadline passed already?
The deadline for Constitutional Amendment Petitions was November 8, 2022. However, Judge Charles B. Kornmann recently extended the deadline to collect signatures for Initiated Law Petitions through May of 2022.
I already signed the Medicaid expansion petition?
Not this one. The petitions you signed previously were for the Constitutional Amendment. This is for an Initiated Law. Initiated laws tend to garner more votes which will be critical in case the SD Legislature passes Amendment C which seeks to impose a 60% threshold to laws like Medicaid expansion and Medical marijuana.
What is the Judge Charles Kornmann decision?
On Wednesday, November 3rd Federal Judge Charles B Kornmann rejected Governor Noem’s request to stop his August ruling that grassroots activists could continue to collect signature for Initiated Measures until May of 2022:
This means more Democracy for all of us. It also means that Dakotans 4 Health, TakeItBack, and a lot of people like YOU will continue to circulate Medicaid expansion and recreational marijuana Initiated Law Petitions and you can too!
ABOUT THE DEMOCRACY CENTER
As a key part of the TakeItBack Democracy Project, the Dakotans 4 Health Democracy Center provides a centralized location in Sioux Falls to sign & notarize ballot measure petitions including Marijuana Reform, Medicaid Expansion, & Non-partisan Redistricting. You can make a donation to support our work here.
SPECIAL THANK YOU
To Cory Heidelberger of the Dakota Free Press and Dakotans 4 Health Counsel Mr. Jim Leach who are representing Democracy in this critical case. Cory has a wealth of information on his blog. You should read it!