State hasn't posted financial statements for candidates for governor
PIERRE — Three weeks after the filing deadline, the website for the South Dakota secretary of state still didn't show the financial interest statements Tuesday morning for three of the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor.
The purpose of the reports is to allow citizens to see the significant sources of income for candidates. State law since 1974 has required the financial interest statements.
Absentee early voting began April 19 in the two primaries.
Democrat Susan Wismer, of Britton, was the only gubernatorial candidate whose required report was posted Tuesday morning. The state representative filed her report on Feb. 12, the same day she filed her candidacy petitions.
After learning from a newspaper reporter that his financial interest statement wasn't on the website, Democrat Joe Lowe, of Piedmont, contacted the secretary of state office at mid-day Tuesday to ask why it wasn't posted.
Lowe said he filed it April 4. He said a person in the office confirmed Tuesday that it was received.
"He said they haven't put it up yet," Lowe said.
By mid-afternoon, Lowe's report was posted -- with a date stamp showing it was received April 4.
The reports were due April 9 for party candidates running in primary elections.
There weren't reports shown Tuesday morning for either of the two Republicans running for governor, Lora Hubbel, of Sioux Falls, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Daugaard's spokesman Tony Venhuizen said the governor filled out the form and personally delivered it on March 28.
By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the Daugaard report was posted. The document didn't have a date-received stamp. The log-in provided by the secretary of state office said April 1.
Hubbel's report was suddenly posted Tuesday afternoon as well. The document showed an April 4 date-received stamp.
Neither Secretary of State Jason Gant nor his deputy, Patricia Miller, responded to a reporter's questions on the matter.
Gant isn't seeking re-election to a second term.
Independent candidate Michael Myers, of Centerville, filed his candidacy petitions for governor last week and he was certified April 23.
There wasn't a financial-interest statement posted for Myers as of Tuesday. A question e-mailed to his campaign office didn't get a response.The petition-filing deadline for independents was Tuesday.