ATTENTION SOUTH DAKOTA!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lori Stacey, candidate for Secretary of State issues the following statement:
In light of Constitutionalist Joy Howe's recent discovery that there are no state statutes restricting ballot access for Independent candidates to run for several constitutional offices in South Dakota, it should be presumed that we have a golden opportunity to experience free and open ballot access as our Founding Fathers intended all of us to enjoy.
As in a truly free marketplace, competition breeds excellence and our election process should be no different. Our ballots were supposed to reflect true citizen representation with candidates from all walks of life, not just spots reserved for major party elites, insiders or millionaires on a general election ballot.
The absence of ballot restrictions/provisions for Independents to run for statewide offices should never be interpreted as an inability to obtain ballot access. To do so would be the equivalent of not grasping the American principle of having a free, open and fair election process. To not allow Independents to run for these offices would also amount to an absolutely outrageous and intolerable disenfranchisement of over 83,000 registered Independents throughout our great state.
I would like to hereby encourage my fellow South Dakotans serious about running for one of the following offices to submit their Statement of Organization and Candidate Financial Interest Statement to the Secretary of State's office as soon as possible.
The list of offices with no current ballot restrictions as an Independent candidate are as follows:
Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands
Secretary of State
Public Utilities Commissioner
May the best person for each office ultimately win in November!