State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
HOUSE BILL NO. 1224
Introduced by: Representative Russell
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to allow voters to petition for the at large election of county
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 7-8 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
If fifteen percent of the registered voters of the county, based upon the total number of
registered voters at the last preceding general election, petition the board of county
commissioners to have all of the county commissioners elected at large, the board shall submit
the question to a vote of the voters of the county at the next general election. Notice of the
submission of this question shall be given in the notice of the general election.
Section 2. That chapter 7-8 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
If the petition is for the county commissioners to be elected at large, the proposition shall
be submitted by a separate ballot in the following form:
Ballot to have the County Commissioners elected at large.
(Place x or . in the square at the left of your choice)
* For the at large election of commissioners.
* Against the at large election of commissioners.
Section 3. That chapter 7-8 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
If at the election a majority of all the votes cast is for the at large election of the
commissioners, the board within one hundred eighty days after the votes have been canvassed
shall redistrict the county into one at large district from which the county commissioners shall
be elected at the next general election. If a county commissioner's term of office extends for an
additional two years beyond the next general election, the tenure of office is not affected. When
a county is redistricted into one at large district, the commissioners serving shall continue until
their successors are elected or appointed and qualified.