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Voters to decide on South Dakota's minimum wage

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The fate of South Dakota's minimum wage rests in the hands of voters, Secretary of State Jason Gant announced Friday.

After passing the petition certification process, the issue is now known as Initiated Measure 18 -- a measure that aims raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour.

"Our successful petitiondrive is confirmation that South Dakotans want to build an economy that worksfor everyone," South DakotaDemocratic Party Executive Director Zach Crago said. "South Dakotans want to raise the minimum wage. Now they'll havethe opportunity to give 62,000 hardworking people a raise in 2014."

Any group wishing to challenge the petition's validation must submit a dispute by Dec. 13.

From a 5 percent sample of 1,283 signatures, Gant's office validated 1,044 out of the 25,658 officially submitted and invalidated 239 for various reasons including lack of voter registration, improperly filling out the petitions, legibility and notary public errors. The number of valid signatures sampled was sufficient for the measure to pass validation.

"If we extrapolate the valid signatures, as per South Dakota Law, they submitted 20,878 valid signatures, well over the minimum requirement of 15,855 needed," Gant said.

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