By Mike Zitterich

Article VII
Section 1Right to vote.
  • Elections shall be free and equal,
  • No power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.

The history of the Suffrage, or franchise, is one of gradual extension from limited, privileged groups in society to the entire adult population. Nearly all modern governments have provided for universal adult suffrage. It is regarded as more than a privilege extended by the state to its citizenry, and it is rather thought of as an inalienable right that inheres to every adult citizen by virtue of citizenship of a “State”, in Democracies, it is the primary means of ensuring that governments are responsible to the governed, the Elector Franchise is a privilege or right granted by law, especially the right to vote in the election of public officials.

**The “People of South Dakota” have only given expressed written permission of American Citizens of the State of South Dakota of whom have delivered to the Secretary of State, their public documents to present the lawful manner of holding their Official Domicile (residence) utilizing an Approved and Publicly Recorded Address of which their Direct Mail is to be Delivered.
Section 2: Voter qualification.
  • Every United States citizen eighteen years of age or older who has met all residency and registration requirements shall be entitled to vote in all elections and upon all questions submitted to the voters of the state,
  • Unless disqualified by law for mental incompetence or the conviction of a felony,
  • The Legislature may by law establish reasonable requirements to insure the integrity of the vote,
  • Each elector who qualified to vote within a precinct shall be entitled to vote in that precinct until he establishes another voting residence,
  • An elector shall never lose his residency for voting solely by reason of his absence from the state.
**Only S.D Citizens of whom are 18 years and older, and have a Full-Time Residence held within a Political Subdivision of the State may participate in S.D Elections, of those who may be disqualified by S.D Law are those “Americans” restricted by law for mental incompetence, felony convictions, or listed on another State’s Registered Voter Database of which the Legislature may by law, establish reasonable requirements to ensure integrity, to determine qualified electors, and to make sure that no voter has voted in more than one precinct during any such election held in the “state”.
Section 3: Elections.
  • The Legislature shall by law define residence for voting purposes,
  • Ensure secrecy in voting,
  • Provide for the registration of voters,
  • Absentee voting (Only awarded to Persons Outside their District MilitaryTravelEmployment),
  • The administration of elections,
  • The nomination of candidates, and
  • The voting rights of those serving in the armed forces.
**The Legislature for voting purposes may define a voters residence which may be outside the state, maintain secrecy of the ballot, Provide for a uniform policy of registering voters, restricting voters to only the S.D Voting Registry, Establishing clear boundaries for Absentee Voting, while adopting uniform laws across the State related to Administration of Elections, the Nominations of Candidates, and Protecting those Voting Rights of the Armed Forces.
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