A formal challenge of the signatures to Dr. Annette Bosworth’s Nominating Petition was not successful.
An affidavit was filed earlier this week calling into question the validity of some of the signatures on Bosworth's petition.
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says that of the 3,648 signature lines submitted it was determined that 2,305 were valid signatures.
Bosworth’s name will continue to appear on the ballot.
Of those 3,648 signature lines:
- 795 were blank
- 275 were registered to vote but not registered as Republicans
- 125 were not registered
- 148 were not valid due to other reasons such as duplicates, invalid date of signing, invalid notary, etc.
Another issue in the affidavit cited that Bosworth was not present at the time of collecting signatures. The Secretary of State does not have the statutory authority to investigate the claims that were listed in the challenge. The issue has been forwarded with the affidavit and relevant petition sheets to the Attorney General's office for their review.
State law requires that a Republican candidate for the US Senate must have 1,955 valid signatures.
Bosworth's attorney Joel Arends, responded to the affidavit in a press release by stating:
We couldn't be more pleased that (Mr. Heidelberger's) ill-conceived attempts to disenfranchise actual South Dakotans from the political process have failed.