By John Jones
You’ve seen the signs, lining the sides of the roads. Its that time of year, time to VOTE!!
Up for election:
United States Senator
Gordon Howie (Independent)
Larry Pressler (Independent)
Mike Rounds (Republican)
Rick Weiland (Democratic)
United States Representative
Kristi Noem (Republican)
Corinna Robinson (Democratic)
For Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Dennis Daugaard/ Matt Michels (Republican)
Michael J. Myers/ Lora Hubbel (Independent)
Susan Wismer/ Susy Blake (Democratic)
For Attorney General
Marty Jackley (Republican)
Chad Haber (Libertarian)
Commissioner of School and Public Lands
Ryan Brunner (Republican)
John English (Libertarian)
Public Utilities Commissioner
Gary Hanson (Republican)
Wayne Schmidt (Constitution)
David Allen (Democratic)
Secretary of State
Shantel Krebs (Republican)
Angelia Schultz (Democratic)
Lori Stacey (Constitution)
Emmett Reistroffer (Libertarian)
Steve Barnett (Republican)
Kurt Evans (Libertarian)
Denny Pierson (Democratic)
Rich Sattgast (Republican)
Ken Santema (Libertarian)
State Senator District 26
Troy Heinert (Democrat)
John Koskan (Republican)
State Representative 26A
Supreme Court Justice Retention:
Justice Steven Zinter
Justice Lori Scully Wilbur
Justice David Gilbertson
Constitutional Amendment Q:
Title: An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorizing the Legislature to allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.
The Constitution currently authorizes the Legislature to allow two kinds of games of chance in
Deadwood: limited card games and slot machines. The proposed amendment authorizes the Legislature to also allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.
Under federal law, any games of chance authorized by the Legislature to be offered in Deadwood would also be allowed at on-reservation tribal casinos.
A vote “Yes” is for changing the constitution to allow the Legislature to authorize roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.
A vote “No” will leave the constitution as it is.
Initiated Measure 17
Title: An initiated measure to require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.
Attorney General Explanation: Some health insurers offer health benefit plans in which the insurer maintains a list of health care providers.
Plan members must use listed providers in order to obtain the maximum plan coverage, or to have coverage at all. “Health care providers” include doctors and other licensed health care professionals, clinics and hospitals.
The initiated measure establishes who is entitled to be on the insurer’s list of providers. The measure requires that these insurers list all health care providers who are willing, qualified and meet the conditions for participation established by the insurer.
The measure does not apply to all health insurers, nor to certain kinds of insurance and plans including those involving specified disease, indemnity, accident only, dental, vision, Medicare supplement, long-term care or disability income, and workers’ compensation.
A vote “Yes” is for the law requiring health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.
A vote “No” is against the proposed law.
Initiated Measure 18
Title: An initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage.
Attorney General Explanation: The initiated measure amends state law to raise South Dakota’s hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. Thereafter, this minimum wage will be annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living. The cost of living increase is measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. In no case may the minimum wage be decreased.
In addition, the hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees as adjusted by any cost of living increase described above.
These increases would apply to all employers in South Dakota, with limited exceptions.
A vote “Yes” is for the increase in the state minimum wage.
“No” is against the change in the law
Early voting is going on at the Todd County Building located in Mission, down the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Anyone who wishes to vote can vote there until November 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
On November 4, polling locations will be set up for the convenience of voters closer to their homes.
Polling locations are as followed:
Lakeview - Lakeview School
Jeannette - Littleburg School
Mission-N. Antelope - St. Thomas Parish
Bordeaux - Spring Creek School
O’Kreek - O’Kreek School
Parmelee - Parmelee Community Hall
Rosebud - Clark Hall (Across from Episcopal Church)
S. Antelope - St. Thomas Parish
St. Francis - St. Francis Oyate Networking Building
These sites are merely for community members from those communities but for any registered voter who needs to vote but can not go to Winner to do so.
Get out and VOTE! Your vote can make a difference.