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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.

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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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