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Daugaard Reacts To Defeated Ballot Issues

November 7, 2012, 9:54 PM by Peggy Moyer

Daugaard Reacts To Defeated Ballot Issues

Governor Dennis Daugaard is disappointed with how some of the issues on the ballot turned out.

Two of them were up for a vote because state lawmakers passed them and Governor Dennis Daugaard approved the bills during the last legislative sessions. Each one only needed voter approval to become law.

"I'm pleased to see voters want a balanced budget," Daugaard said.

South Dakota voters approved Constitutional Amendment P at the polls Tuesday which requires the state to have a balanced budget.

But when you look at the next three issues on the back of the ballot, the governor's pleasure turns to disappointment. South Dakota voters rejected them by a vote of nearly two to one.

"I think it showed a little voter fatigue on the ballot when you have that many measures, some with great complexity. It's bound to happen," Daugaard said.

Daugaard believes the ballots were long and the issues too complex so by the time voters got to the back side of the ballot, they were in a hurry and the mood to vote "no."

"The voters don't have time to dig into and understand the facts that bare upon an informed decision and so when voters don't have that time then most are included to say, 'Well, I don't have time to dig into this and so I'm going to vote no,'" Daugaard said.

If placement on the ballot wasn't the issue, then Daugaard says the fact that voters turned down two measures that would help fund education speaks volumes to him.

"But I take the fact that the sales tax increase was rejected as well as this as an indicator that voters are satisfied with the education status quo," Governor Daugaard said.

Daugaard expects some pieces of the defeated education reform act to be pulled out and re-presented during the next legislative session.

Daugaard says more straight forward, easy to read ballot language might be a take away from this election to make the next one easier for voters.

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