Election Contests and Ballot Measures

November 6, 2012 South Dakota General Election

South Dakota

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US President & Vice President (South Dakota)
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Barack Obama - D
Websitemy.barackobama.com
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Joe Biden - D
Websitewww.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-biden
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Mitt Romney - R
Websitewww.mittromney.com
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Paul Ryan - R
Websitewww.ryanforcongress.com
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Virgil H. Goode, Jr. - CON
Websitewww.goodeforpresident2012.com
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James N. Clymer - CON
Gary Johnson - L
Websitegaryjohnson2016.com
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James P. "Jim" Gray - L
Websitewww.judgejimgray.com
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U.S. Representative
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Kristi Noem - R
Websitewww.kristiforcongress.com
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Matt Varilek - D
Websitewww.mattforsd.com
South Dakota Senate
State Senator District 1
Jason Frerichs - D
Websitejasonfrerichs.com
State Senator District 2
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Art Fryslie - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2006/mem.htm
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Chuck Welke - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=183
State Senator District 3
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H. Paul Dennert - D
Al Novstrup - R
Websitewww.alnovstrup.com
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State Senator District 4
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Tim P. Begalka - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=151
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Steve Street - D
State Senator District 5
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Jeff Dunn - D
Websitedunnforsenate.wix.com/home#!meet-jeff
Ried Holien - R
State Senator District 6
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Dick Gors - D
Ernie Otten, Jr. - R
Websiteottenforsenate.com
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State Senator District 7
Larry J. Tidemann - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=22
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State Senator District 8
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Charles J. Johnson - D
Russell Olson - R
Websitewww.russellolson.com/
State Senator District 9
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Patricia R. Baker - D
Deb Peters - R
Websitewww.debpeters.com
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State Senator District 10
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Shantel Krebs - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=31
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Paul A. Thompson - D
State Senator District 11
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Tom Cool - D
Todd Schlekeway - R
David M. Omdahl - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=185
State Senator District 12
State Senator District 13
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Phyllis M. Heineman - R
Websitewww.whyphyllis.com
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Sam Khoroosi - D
Websitewww.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=sam%20khoroosi%20%20%20candidate%20for%20state%20senator%20district%2013%2C%20south%20dakota%20%20&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CFMQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsamforsd.com%2Fdonate%2F&ei=etoFUKbbEuWT6QG7la2BCQ&usg=AFQjCNHPlNEYqZ323hOn5FaYvCXfLmObDQ
State Senator District 14
Deb Soholt - R
Websitesoholtforsenate.com
State Senator District 15
State Senator District 16
Dan Lederman - R
Websitedanlederman.org
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State Senator District 17
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John S. Chicoine - R
Websitewww.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=john%20s.%20chicoine%20%20%20candidate%20for%20state%20senator%20district%2017%2C%20south%20dakota%20%20&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFUQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fchicoine2012.com%2Fnews.html&ei=otsFUMSSJ8jZ6wHor6DlCA&usg=AFQjCNEjZ4kLbYQvaujQU1T8V8JsdxfO4w
Thomas Jones - D
State Senator District 18
State Senator District 19
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Frank J. Kloucek - D
Bill L. Van Gerpen - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=187
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State Senator District 20
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Quinten L. Burg - D
Mike Vehle - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=60
State Senator District 21
State Senator District 22
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Chris Studer - D
Jim White - R
Websitejimwhiteonline.com
State Senator District 23
Corey Brown - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=111
State Senator District 24
State Senator District 25
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Dan Ahlers - D
Websitesdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberBills.aspx?Member=602
Timothy A. Rave - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=76
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State Senator District 26
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Kent Juhnke - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2003/mbrdt244.htm
Larry J. Lucas - D
State Senator District 27
State Senator District 28
State Senator District 29
Larry R. Rhoden - R
Websitewww.larryrhoden.com
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State Senator District 30
State Senator District 31
State Senator District 32
State Senator District 33
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Phil Jensen - R
Websitewww.philjensen.org
Matt McGrath - I
State Senator District 34
State Senator District 35
South Dakota House
State Representative District 1
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Dennis A. Feickert - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=118
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Susan Wismer - D
State Representative District 2
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Brock L. Greenfield - R
Danny Miles - D
Dennis E. Nemmers - D
Burton E. "Burt" Tulson - R
State Representative District 3
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Zachary Anderson - D
Websitewww.zachandersonsd.com
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Bill Antonides - D
Daniel Kaiser - R
Websitekaiserforhouse.com
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David Novstrup - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=9
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State Representative District 4
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Fred Deutsch - R
James E. Gilkerson - R
Websitewww.jimgilkerson.com
Jim Peterson - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=190
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Kathy Tyler - D
Websitekathytyler.wordpress.com
State Representative District 5
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Dorothy Kellogg - D
Melissa Magstadt - R
Roger Solum - R
State Representative District 6
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Michael Christopher Jauron - D
Isaac Latterell - R
Websitewww.isaaclatterell.com
Joseph Weis - D
Herman Otten - R
Websiteottenforsenate.com/contact-us
State Representative District 7
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Linda A. Brandt - D
Spencer Hawley - D
Scott Munsterman - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=161
Brian Roehrich - R
State Representative District 8
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Leslie J. Heinemann - R
Websitewww.leslieheinemann.com
Roy J. Lindsay - D
Scott Parsley - D
Websitewww.parsleyforsenate.com
Patricia K. Stricherz - R
State Representative District 9
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Mark Anderson - D
Holly Boltjes-Johnson - D
Bob Deelstra - R
Steve Hickey - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=164
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Paula Hawks - D
State Representative District 10
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Don Haggar - R
Websitewww.donhaggar.com
Jenna Haggar - R
Websitewww.jennahaggar.com
Barb Kavanaugh - D
State Representative District 11
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Christine M. Erickson - R
Jim Larson - D
Darrell D. Solberg - D
Websitedarrellsolberg.com
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Jim Stalzer - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=199
State Representative District 12
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Mike Knudson - D
Websitewww.knudsonforhouse.com
Susan M. Randall - D
Manny Steele - R
Hal G. Wick - R
State Representative District 13
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Susan Blake - D
G. Mark Mickelson - R
Websitewww.markmickelson.org
Jesse Vavreck - D
Steve Westra - R
Websitewww.stevewestra.com
State Representative District 14
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Marc S. Feinstein - D
Anne C. Hajek - R
Websitewww.annehajek.com
Jeff Winters - D
Larry P. Zikmund - R
Websitewww.larryzikmund.org
State Representative District 15
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Patrick A. Kirschman - D
Karen L. Soli - D
State Representative District 16
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Jim Bolin - R
Websitewww.votebolin.com
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Patty Miller - R
Ann Tornberg - D
State Representative District 17
State Representative District 18
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Charlie Gross - D
Bernie Hunhoff - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=130
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Mike Stevens - R
Thomas D. Stotz - R
State Representative District 19
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Alan Fenner - D
Stace Nelson - R
Websitestacenelson.com
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Kyle Schoenfish - R
State Representative District 20
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Lance A. Carson - R
David B. Mitchell - D
Tona Rozum - R
James V. Schorzmann - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=175
State Representative District 21
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Julie Bartling - D
Websitebartlingforsouthdakota.com
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Gary W. Coleman - D
Lee Qualm - R
Websiteleequalmforhouse.com
Dave Scott - R
State Representative District 22
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Peggy Gibson - D
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=134
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Dale E. Hargens - R
Jay B.K. Slater - R
Dick Werner - R
State Representative District 23
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Justin R. Cronin - R
Charles B. Hoffman - R
State Representative District 24
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Mary Duvall - R
Tim Rounds - R
State Representative District 25
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Scott W. Ecklund - R
Jon Hansen - R
Bill Laird - D
Oran A. Sorenson - D
State Representative District 26A
State Representative District 26B
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Maynard J. Konechne - D
James Schaefer - R
Websitejamesschaefer.net
State Representative District 27
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Kathleen Ann - I
Kevin Killer - D
Elizabeth May - R
Websitewww.lizmaydistrict27.com
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State Representative District 29
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Gary L. Cammack - R
Dean Wink - R
Websitelegis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=141
State Representative District 30
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Lance S. Russell - R
Mike Verchio - R
Websitelegis.sd.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=461&Session=2015
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State Representative District 31
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Timothy R. Johns - R
Fred W. Romkema - R
Websitelegis.sd.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=463&Session=2015
State Representative District 32
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Kristin A. Conzet - R
Brian Gosch - R
Websitelegis.sd.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=334&Session=2015
Jackie Swanson - D
State Representative District 33
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Scott W. Craig - R
Websitelegis.sd.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=524&Session=2015
Robin A. Page - D
Jacqueline Sly - R
Websitejacquelinesly.info
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State Representative District 34
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Dan Dryden - R
David Lust - R
Mike Reardon - I
John C. Willman - D
State Representative District 35
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Blaine "Chip" Campbell - R
Shane Liebig - D
State Representative District 28A
State Representative District 28B
Betty Olson - R
Websitelegis.sd.gov/Legislators/Legislators/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=439&Session=2015
Referendums and Ballot Measures
Large Project Development Fund - REFERRED LAW 14
Beginning January 1, 2013, 22% of contractors' excise tax revenues would be transferred from the state general fund to the Large Project Development Fund.The South Dakota Board of Economic Development would use Large Project Development Fund monies to provide grants for the construction of large economic development projects within the state. To be eligible, a project must have a cost exceeding $5 million. Examples of eligible projects include laboratories and facilities for testing, manufacturing, power generation, power transmission, agricultural processing, and wind energy. Examples of ineligible projects include retail establishments; residential housing; and facilities for lodging, health care services and the raising or feeding of livestock.A vote "Yes" is for the establishment of the Large Project Development Fund.A vote "No" is against the referred law.
increase state general sales and use taxes for additional K-12 public education and Medicaid funding- INITIATED MEASURE 15
The initiated measure increases the state general sales and use tax rate from 4% to 5%. The additional tax revenue will be split evenly between K-12 public education and Medicaid. The education funds will be provided to school districts based on enrollment, to be spent on improving education as school boards determine. The Medicaid funds will be spent only on payments to Medicaid providers and related state expenses.The additional funds cannot replace or reduce state funding levels set for fiscal year 2012 relating to existing Medicaid and K-12 public education programs, including state aid to education. Currently, state aid is to be adjusted annually by 3% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Under the measure, this annual adjustment cannot exceed the growth rate in state general fund revenues. Any resulting shortfall in state aid will be made up in subsequent years.A vote "Yes" is for the proposed law.A vote "No" is against the proposed law.
Education Reform - REFERRED LAW 16
An education reform act to establish a teacher scholarship program; create a program for math and science teacher bonuses; create a program for teacher merit bonuses; mandate a uniform teacher and principal evaluation system; and eliminate state requirements for teacher tenure.Referred Law 16 is an education reform act with five key components. First, it establishes a scholarship program for eligible college students who commit to teach in South Dakota in critical need subject areas.Second, the referred law creates a program to provide state-funded annual bonuses for eligible math and science teachers.Third, the referred law develops a separate "Top Teachers" bonus program. This program provides annual state-funded merit bonuses for up to 20% of each school district's full-time certified teachers, as awarded by the local school boards. Alternatively, a school board may enact its own program for teacher bonuses, using these state-provided funds. A school board may opt out of these merit bonus programs altogether, resulting in re-allocation of its merit bonus funds to other participating school districts.Fourth, the referred law mandates a uniform statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals, including a rating system.Fifth, the referred law eliminates state requirements for continuing contracts ("tenure") for teachers who do not achieve tenure by July 1, 2016. School boards may, in their discretion, choose to offer continuing contracts to non-tenured teachers.A vote "Yes" is to enact the education reform act.A vote "No" is against the referred law.
Provisions Relating To Corporations - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT M
The Constitution currently contains certain restrictions on the Legislature's authority to enact laws regarding corporations. For example, corporate directors must be elected by cumulative voting, in which a shareholder may choose to cast all votes for a single candidate or spread the votes among two or more candidates. Corporate stock or bonds may only be issued for money, labor or property received by the corporation. Corporate stock or debt may not be increased without prior notice to and consent of current stockholders.Constitutional Amendment M removes these restrictions, and allows the Legislature to: (1) authorize alternative methods of voting in elections for corporate directors; (2) expand the types of contributions a corporation may receive for the issuance of stock or bonds; and (3) establish procedures governing the increase of corporate stock or debt.A vote "Yes" will remove the constitutional restrictions.A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
Repealing Certain Reimbursement Restrictions For Travel By Legislators To And From A Legislative Session - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT N
The Constitution fixes the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators at five cents per mile for their travel to and from a legislative session.Constitutional Amendment N repeals this constitutional limitation and allows legislator travel reimbursement to be set by the Legislature.A vote "Yes" will eliminate the fixed travel reimbursement rate.A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
Changing The Method For Distributions From The Cement Plant Trust Fund - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT O
In 2001, the $238 million in proceeds from the sale of the state cement plant were placed in a constitutionally created trust fund. Currently, the Constitution requires a yearly transfer of $12 million from the cement plant trust fund to the state general fund. In addition, under certain circumstances the Legislature must authorize distributions of cement plant trust fund earnings for the support of education.Amendment O replaces the existing method for cement trust fund distributions. The amendment would require a yearly transfer of 4% of the market value of the cement plant trust fund to the state general fund for the support of education.A vote "Yes" is for changing the method for distributions from the cement plant trust fund.A vote "No" will leave the constitution as it is.
Adding Balanced Budget Requirements - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT P
While the constitution currently restricts the State from incurring debt, it does not expressly require the State to have a balanced budget. Amendment P requires the Governor to propose a balanced budget. In addition, Amendment P prohibits legislative appropriations from exceeding anticipated revenues and existing available funds. The amendment is not intended to affect other constitutional provisions.A vote "Yes" will include balanced budget requirements in the Constitution.A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
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