Sunday, July 10, 2016

SD Constitution Party Uses Convention to Nominate Candidates that Must Use Primary

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

The Constitution Party is ballot-qualified in South Dakota.

However, under State law, it can’t nominate candidates for Congress or the Legislature by Convention, even though it can nominate for certain other partisan Party Offices by Convention.

Nevertheless, on June 9, it did hold its State Convention and nominated a candidate for U.S. Senate and one for the Legislature.

The pending ballot access lawsuit will determine if the Party’s nominees for those two offices will be printed on the ballot.

The lawsuit challenges the March 29 petition deadline for parties who want to be able to nominate for Congress and State legislature.

Already the judge in the case has suggested that there is no State interest in requiring newly-qualifying parties to nominate by Primary for those offices. She said that last month when she denied the State’s motion to dismiss the case.

Kurt Evans was elected as the Senate candidate. Wayne Schmidt was elected as the House 23rd District candidate. Still do not know if they will be printed on the 2016 General election ballot.

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