Amendment T

Dakota Midday: Indepth Look At Amendment T

Oct 5, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

In November voters get a chance to decide on Amendment T.  It establishes an independent commission to draw legislative districts.

The state legislature currently redraws the districts every ten years.   Amendment T proponents says that creates a conflict of interest and leads to gerrymandering. Opponents of the amendment say districts are already drawn fairly.

If you’re looking for an earful on how legislative districts are drawn in the state.. former State Senator Frank Kloucek will oblige.

Courtesy photo / Mark Trahant

A Native American political observer says 2016 could be a record year for the number of native candidates on the ballot across the country.

Mark Trahant says just under 100 candidates are running for office.

Mark Trahant is a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota.

He says this could be a record year for the number of native people running for office.   He’s tallying up the number of native candidates nationwide, but he says since this is the first time a count like this has been done, he says he’s cautious about making a superlative statement.

Amendment T Changes How Legislative Maps Are Drawn

Aug 12, 2016

Amendment T is a ballot measure that strips the authority of the legislature to establish voting districts every ten years. It establishes a redistricting commission in place of the legislature.

Proponents say it improves the way legislative maps are drawn. Opponents say the system already works well.

According to the state constitution, the South Dakota legislature must redraw legislative districts every ten years. Amendment T moves that authority from state lawmakers to a 9-member independent commission.