South Dakota’s Attorney General will investigate petitions filed by our state’s U.S. Senate candidates.
Secretary of State Jason Gant asked Attorney General Marty Jackley to review “several petitions … for potential violations of criminal law,” Jackley said in a news release.
“Election complaints received from the Secretary of State will be reviewed for potential criminal violations, and any issues having merit will be further investigated,” Jackley said. “Because the review involves a federal election, I have discussed these matters with United States Attorney Brenden Johnson, and we are in agreement that any investigation into potential violations should not affect this election as the voters not prosecutors should determine the election outcome.”
The courts have made it clear that any investigation into potential criminal violations of law should not affect an election if at all possible.