Welcome to the Ballot Question Information page. In this section users will find information, provided by the South Dakota Secretary of State's office.
REFERENDUM PETITIONS ARE DUE - (90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session) - June 28, 2021 by 5:00 PM (CT)
Referring a State Law
PROPOSED BALLOT MEASURE PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), NOVEMBER 8, 2021
* By order of the U.S. District Court - District of South Dakota - Northern Division, the Secretary of State’s office is enjoined from enforcing the filing deadline for initiative measure ballot petitions contained in SDCL 2-1-1.2 (November 8, 2021). Furthermore, the filing deadline for initiated measure ballot petitions is ordered by the Court to be the first Tuesday in May during the year of the election (May 3, 2022). Please note that the filing deadline for initiated constitutional amendments continues to be November 8, 2021. Litigation in this case is ongoing.
Click here to view the handout on How to Submit and Circulate a 2022 Statewide Ballot Question Petition
Changes effective July 1, 2021
NOTE: A separate affidavit will have to be submitted for each sponsor.
5:02:08:07.02 Affidavit to be submitted with initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition to be circulated.
5:02:08:07.01. Affidavit to be filed with completed Statewide initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition.
Information for ballot measure paid circulator - Paid Petition Circulator Application
Challenging ballot question petitions
Click here to find information on Challenging a Statewide Ballot Question
To file a Statement of Organization for a Ballot Question Committee, via our online system, click here. You may also download a paper form from that same link.
SD Legislative Research Council, 605-773-3251
Office of the SD Attorney General, 605-773-3215
WARNING: State law requires that each petition sheet be self-contained. This means that the petition heading, instructions to signers, signature lines and circulator's verification must all be printed on each sheet prior to circulation. The sheet must be printed on front and back. You CANNOT tape, staple or glue the front and back sides together. You CANNOT include sheets with signature lines only. If you have any questions about how to correctly prepare a petition sheet, please call the elections department at 773-3537.
5:02:08:07. Form of Statewide initiative petition.
5:02:08:08. Form of Statewide referendum petition.
5:02:08:09. Form of Statewide initiated constitutional amendment petition or initiated petition for repeal of constitutional provision.
A preliminary injunction has been granted by the U.S. District Court - District of South Dakota - Southern Division enjoining enforcement of Senate Bill 180 passed during the 2020 Legislative Session. In accordance with this order, the blank requesting a Circulator ID Number for paid circulators need not be completed on the petition sheet.