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Organizers continue drive for SD minimum wage vote

RAPID CITY (AP) — Organizers of a petition drive seeking a statewide vote on a measure that would raise South Dakota's minimum wage say they have collected about half the signatures they intend to gather.

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The South Dakota Democratic Party and some labor unions are seeking a statewide vote next year to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.50 in January 2015. The measure would raise the minimum wage each year after that to account for inflation.

KOTA-TV reports petition gatherers have been stationed at the county courthouse and U.S. Post Office in Rapid City.

Organizers will need to get at least 15,855 valid petition signatures by Nov. 4 to put the issue on next year's ballot, but they are seeking 25,000 to make sure they have enough.