SD group pushing for ‘open primary’ amendment in 2024

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Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 11:32 PM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Pretty soon, you may be able to vote for a candidate in the primaries in South Dakota, regardless of your party affiliation.

An election reform organization called ‘South Dakota Open Primaries’ is pushing for a constitutional amendment to allow people to vote across party lines during the state’s primary elections.

This would apply to federal, state, legislative and county races.

Chairman Joe Kirby said that the current system encourages candidates to appeal to the most extreme parts of their bases.

”The new system would encourage candidates instead to appeal to a broad base of voters,” Kirby said. “So, you might end up with the same people winning. Kristi Noem, John Thune, Dusty Johnson, but they would come out with different messages.”

The proposed system is what’s known as a ‘top two’ system, which allows all candidates to run in a jungle primary, and then the two candidates with the most votes square off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.