Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 1

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs joins In the Moment for a look at legislative priorities for the 2018 session. We discuss Initiated Referendum and Constitutional Amendment legislation, Initiated Measure 24, election integrity, and more.


In the last six months, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she’s seen a sharp decline in concealed carry weapon permits issued.

Last year, the state renewed and issued just over 30,000 concealed carry permits. Krebs says that was an all-time high number of permits.

Krebs says that could be over anticipation of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election.

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South Dakota lawmakers may no longer use political money for personal use. That’s one of the many caveats of Senate Bill 54 that’s up for consideration by Governor Dennis Daugaard.
The legislation started as clean up language in state statute regarding campaign finance laws. The bill was amended several times as it worked through the legislature.

A Closer Look At SB 54 And Campaign Finance Reform

Mar 1, 2017
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Senate Bill 54 is a measure that’s meant to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements. The bill narrowly passed through committee and was also a close vote in the senate.

The bill now moves to the house where many are saying it’s liable to further be amended.

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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she supports creating a state government ethics commission.
Voters approved an ethics commission in November at the ballot box, along with other reforms that make up Initiated Measure 22. Lawmakers are currently challenging the measure in court.

 Krebs says she’s already drafted legislation establishing a state ethics commission for lawmakers to consider.

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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says South Dakota voters broke record numbers this year.

She says the number of registered voters reached an all-time high, when compared to previous election years in South Dakota.

Krebs says the total election night turn out came in just under 70 percent.

SOS Says Record Number Of Registered Voters This Year

Nov 2, 2016
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The number of registered voters in South Dakota is at an all-time high, according to Secretary of State Shantel Krebs.

The number of registered Republicans in the state is the highest it’s been in over 10 years.


Almost 545,000 South Dakotans are registered to vote this year.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says the high registration is related to the current presidential election.   

Krebs says since 2006, the number of registered Republicans and Independents has increased, while the number of registered Democrats has decreased.

Secretary Of State Says Write Ins Don’t Count In SD

Oct 12, 2016

Two of South Dakota’s top Republican lawmakers are calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race… but technically it’s too late for that in South Dakota.

The state’s ballots have been printed and early voting already started last month.

Over the weekend Senator John Thune and Governor Dennis Daugaard called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to exit the presidential race. However both indicate they will vote for the GOP candidate over democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.