Initiative backers look to voters to get on the ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) People hoping to get their pet causes before voters are fanning out to fairs and other gatherings in South Dakota, collecting signatures for citizens' initiatives on issues ranging from government ethics to looser marijuana laws.

Election Day 2018 is far off, but supporters need thousands of people to pledge support for their initiatives by Nov. 6 just to get on the ballot. Initiated measures need nearly 14,000 valid signatures, while constitutional amendments require almost 28,000.

Other proposals include a law to allow physician-assisted dying measure, a ban on out-of-state political contributions for ballot questions and a constitutional amendment that would take control of redistricting from legislators and give it to an independent commission.

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