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MERCER: SD voters get locked out in choosing key officials

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PIERRE -- The Gant Affair, as it is becoming known, has brought to mind a question.

How does someone become the nominee for a statewide elected office? The answer might surprise you.


Here in South Dakota, our Legislature has prohibited voters from directly selecting the party nominees for election to nearly all of the statewide offices set forth in the state constitution.

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