“Today, the people of South Dakota have preserved their right to use direct democracy,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of The Fairness Project, which campaigned against Amendment C and has helped several states expand Medicaid via voter referendums since 2017.
Tonight, Fairness Project declared a win for democracy in South Dakota after South Dakotans for Fair Elections defeated Amendment C in today’s primary election.
“Everyone understands that this is both a fight for direct democracy, but it’s also a proxy election for the issues that voters will face in the ballot box in November,” said Kelly Hall, the executive director of the Fairness Project.
ELECTION DAY: South Dakota’s Anti-Democracy Amendment C Goes to Voters, a Blatant Attempt to Weaken Path for Medicaid Expansion
Today, South Dakotans will confront an effort at the ballot box to weaken direct democracy in the form of Amendment C, an attempt to require 60% of votes cast to win most future ballot measures.
Fairness Project Makes Six-Figure Investment to Defeat Anti-Democracy Effort Limiting Citizen-Led Ballot Initiatives in South Dakota
The Fairness Project has invested more than $250,000 into the South Dakotans for Fair Elections campaign to fight proposed Amendment C as part of its ongoing Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign work.
Yesterday, Fairness Project celebrated that Michiganders for Fair Lending submitted 405,625 petition signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State, an essential step in its campaign to pass a ballot measure that would cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, the Oklahoma Legislature came to a close with the state ballot measure process intact, despite efforts to weaken it. Earlier this year, the Oklahoma House passed Joint Resolution 1059, which would have required constitutional amendments to pass with at least 55% of the vote instead of a simple majority.
The “Protect North Dakota’s Constitution” campaign failed to qualify their effort to require a three-fifths supermajority at the ballot box in order to change the state Constitution.