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(S.D.)-State Recognizes Two New Political Parties

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/19/2012 03:09 PM

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has officially recognized two
new political parties.
     Secretary of State Jason Gant says he has approved petition
signatures submitted by the Americans Elect Party and the
Constitution Party. That means candidates for federal, state,
legislative and county offices can run as recognized members
of those parties.
     The Americans Elect Party is new to South Dakota and has no
registered voters. The Constitution Party has 309 registered voters
and was recognized by South Dakota in the past, but lost its
recognized status when it did not run a candidate for governor in
     Gant says that to retain their recognized status, the two
parties' candidates for governor will have to get at least 2.5
percent of the total votes cast for that race in 2014.
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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