2006 Referendum General Election Results - South Dakota
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Data for this Contest was Contributed by rhenderson on 2007-04-18

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  Referendum: Amendment E (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law)Popular Vote
No 294,734 89.21%
Yes 35,641 10.79%
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Election Notes:
  • Title: An Amendment to Article VI of the South Dakota Constitution, relating to judicial decisions.

    Attorney General Explanation: Citizens serving on juries, school boards, city councils, county commissions, or in similar capacities, and prosecutors and judges, are all required to make judicial decisions. Their decisions may be reversed on appeal, or they may be removed from office for misconduct or by election. However, they cannot be made to pay money damages for making such decisions. This allows them to do their job without fear of threat or reprisal from either side.

    The proposed amendment to the State Constitution would allow thirteen special grand jurors to expose these decision makers to fines and jail, and strip them of public insurance coverage and up to one-half of their retirement benefits, for making decisions which break rules defined by the special grand jurors. Special grand jurors are drawn from those who submit their names and registered voters.

    The proposed amendment is retroactive. The special grand jurors may penalize any decision-maker still alive for decisions made many years ago.

    If approved, the proposed amendment will likely be challenged in court and may be declared to be in violation of the US Constitution. If so, the State may be required to pay attorneys fees and costs.

    A vote “Yes” will change the Constitution.
    A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is.

Demographic Data

2010 Population:814,180Enum.2010 Population Density:4.1persons/km2
2006 Population:783,033Est.2006 Population Density:4.0persons/km2
2000 Population:754,844Enum.2000 Population Density:3.8persons/km2
Land Area (2000):196,540km2Annual Pop Growth Rate:0.8%

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  • Source for Popular Vote data: South Dakota Secretary of State. General Election Official Returns for Ballot Questions, South Dakota Secretary of State (http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/pastelections_electioninfo06_GEballotquestions.shtm) (accessed 18 Apr 2007)
  • Source for Population data: U.S. Census Bureau.
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