South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he is investigating the nominating petitions submitted by candidates running for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Jackley announced Tuesday morning that he is conducting the review after Secretary of State Jason Gant submitted the petitions to Jackley to examine for potential violations of South Dakota law. Violations that potentially could be outside the scope of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Gant has already reviewed and approved the nominating petitions which will allow the candidates to have their names on the November ballot.
The news comes a day after State Representative Steve Hickey (R) Sioux Falls accused U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of violating election laws in a press release.
Hickey withdrew a challenge to Bosworth’s petitions last month after he realized his challenge would be considered after Bosworth’s name was already printed on the ballot.
Political blogger Cory Heidelberger also questioned some of Bosworth's signatures but after Gant upheld the petitions after reviewing the signatures.
Jackley only says he is reviewing the petitions of candidates for U.S. Senate but does not specifically name a candidate.
In a news release Tuesday morning the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says the investigation will not interfere with the election.
“Time frames associated with investigating and taking further criminal action, if any, concerning these petition matters would exceed the time frames associated with appearance on the November ballot.”
This means the review will likely not result in any names being removed from the ballot.