South Dakota Top-Two Primary Question Going On Ballot

(Pierre, SD) — The decision to change South Dakota’s primary election system will be up to voters this year. It was announced yesterday that the top-two primary question has been assigned to Constitutional Amendment H for the November ballot. The move will be solidified if it’s not challenged in court over the next 30 days. South Dakota primary elections are currently considered as partially closed primaries. A top-two primary format lists all candidates on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation, and the top two vote-getters in each race advance to the general election. If the change is approved by voters, this would ultimately alter the State Constitution going forward.

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