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State of South Dakota

History of Reform Efforts: South Dakota

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for South Dakota judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must be made through constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the members of each house of the legislature or by initiative. Initiative petitions must be signed by qualified voters equal in number to at least 10% of the votes cast for governor in the last election. Proposed amendments must be ratified by a majority of voters.