South Dakota Democratic Party Sues Secretary of State Over Rejection of Two Candidates from Primary

On April 10, the South Dakota Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in state court to place two of its members on the June 5 Democratic primary ballot. See this story. The two candidates, both seeking legislative seats, had miniscule errors in their petitions. The two candidates are unopposed, so if they win the lawsuit, it doesn’t matter that they may not have won in time to appear on the primary ballot. They would be considered nominated, because South Dakota doesn’t permit write-in votes, so if they had qualified, they could not have been defeated. The case is South Dakota Democratic Party v Gant, 6th state circuit court, 12-148.

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