Governor Dennis Daugaard released a statement calling for the state's attorney general to investigate automated telephone calls criticizing Republican legislative leaders for supposedly not adhering to the party's principles.
Daugaard said robotic phone calls are a common practice for both political parties to deliver information to voters during an election year. However, Daugaard said the problem with the robo-calls in question is that the messages fail to identify a sponsor.
"One of our principles in America in the courtroom is the right to confront our accuser. It's hard to dispute and accusation when you don't know who's making it," Daugaard said.
He also said it is difficult for the voter to evaluate the potential bias a caller may have unless they know who is speaking.
Daugaard said anonymous phone calls aren't the only issue. Several robo-calls have been made claiming to be sponsored by specific companies but have turned out to be non-existent.
With early voting opening Friday, Daugaard said making sure voters have access to information from both parties is essential. He encouraged voters to visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's website, sdsos.gov, to find out both sides of any issue on the ballot.
"The main thing is for everyone to get out and vote," Daugaard said.