(Senate Bill 145)
An Act to revise the process of filling vacancies for candidates for elected office.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 12-6-56 be AMENDED.
12-6-56. Party committee--Party ticket vacancies.
If a vacancy occurs by reason of death or withdrawal after a primary election, a party candidate for public office may be chosen if a meeting of the appropriate party central committee is held and the results are certified to the appropriate official within the times prescribed by § 12-8-6.
If the vacancy is a party candidate for presidential elector or statewide office, the vacancy shall be filled by the State Party Central Committee. If the vacancy is a party candidate for public office other than presidential elector or statewide office, the vacancy shall be filled by a vote of county party central committee members in attendance who reside in the affected district.
The certification of the results shall be signed by the person responsible for calling the meeting under § 12-6-57 or the person designated to conduct the meeting under § 12-6-57.
Section 2. That § 12-6-57 be AMENDED.
12-6-57. Meeting of party committee to fill vacancies--Manner of voting.
fill a vacancy for a party candidate to a:
office or as a presidential elector, the party
State Central Committee chairman shall
upon learning of a vacancy for presidential elector or statewide
office nominee, forthwith issue a
mail for such a
committee meeting to fill such
designate the hour,
and place where
be held .
legislative district, the party State Central Committee chairman
central committee s
interested, in multi‑county legislative districts, to fill
vacancies, shall be issued by the state party chairmen, who shall
to fill the vacancy, designate the time and place where the meeting
shall be held, designate the person who will conduct the meeting, and
of this information;
(3) Single-county legislative district or county office, the county party central committee chairman shall call a meeting of the county party central committee to fill the vacancy and designate the time and place where the meeting shall be held.
the hour, date, and place where such meeting shall be held.
call for a meeting of a single‑county district party central
committee, to fill vacancies, shall be issued by such county central
committee chairman upon learning of such vacancy.
Vacancies filled by State Central
Committee shall be by unit representation, each county casting the
number of votes cast in that county at the last general election for
that party's candidate for Governor
vacancies shall be filled by a majority vote of the
Signed March 18, 2021
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