Secretary of State rejects open primary petition

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(KSFY) - The South Dakota Secretary of State says a petition for an initiated measure aimed at creating open primaries in the state did not have enough valid signatures to get on the ballot.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced the decision Friday.

An initiated constitutional amendment requires 27,741 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballot in South Dakota. Krebs said while supporters of the open primary ballot question submitted 37,197 signatures, a review found only about 68 percent of the signatures were valid. Krebs said that results in only 25,505 valid signatures, short of the total required.

Krebs said the decision can still be challenged in circuit court.

Officials are still reviewing four other petitions submitted to the Secretary of State's office.