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Posted by jesse shayne on October 18, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Good and bad of election changes

S.D. Constitutional Amendment V

This article was published by the Watertown Public Opinion and represents the opinion of the editorial board

This amendment would make state elections nonpartisan. There would be one primary election – with everybody eligible to vote – and the top two candidates would then face off in the general election. Nonpartisan elections are scary to party insiders. We get that. But we also see that the system works well in our neighboring state of Nebraska, which some would say sports a brighter “red” of Republicanism than does the state of South Dakota. Our city council and school board elections are also nonpartisan. But the best reason to support this amendment is that it en-franchises the fastest growing segment of voters in our state – independents who have rejected both major parties for various reasons. It seems to us this amendment allows a greater impact for those independent voters, and that has to be a good thing, right? Will it hurt the political parties or keep them from their goals? We don’t think so.

Our call: Vote YES on the amendment.

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