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(SD)-It's Primary Election Day In South Dakota

By: John Axtell Posted at: 06/05/2018 02:49 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -  Today is primary election in South Dakota with very few contested races outside the Republican party, where the contests for governor and U-S House have been drawing most of the attention. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. local time.

        Attorney General Marty Jackley and Congresswoman Kristi Noem are battling for the right to succeed term-limited Dennis Daugaard as governor while Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, State Senator Neal Tapio, and former Public Utilities Commissioner and Daugaard chief of staff Dusty Johnson are competing for Noem's current seat.

       The ballot also includes a constitutional amendment to tweak the "Marsy's Law" victims' bill of rights passed by the voters two years ago. The fix to address unintended impacts on spending and release of public information marks the first time voters will decide a ballot question at a primary.

     The proposal also requires crime victims to specifically apply for some Marsy's Law provisions rather than receiving them automatically.


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