Amendment V

Kent Osborne / SDPB

Backers of an open primary constitutional amendment say this ballot measure question is different from a similar ballot question last year.

The constitutional amendment will place all candidates in a primary election on the same ballot. The top two candidates who receive the most votes then move on to the general election in the fall.

Joe Kirby is chair of Open Primaries South Dakota, a group backing the measure. That group also backed Amendment V, a similar measure last year. Kirby says that measure almost passed with 45 percent of the vote.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to discuss Amendment V. Voter approval of Amendment V would change the South Dakota constitution to establish nonpartisan elections. South Dakotans go to the polls on November 8.

Will Mortenson does not work for the Republican Party, as previously noted.

Retired businessman Joe Kirby joins Dakota Midday as part of SDPB's continued 2016 Election coverage.

Kirby discusses his support of Amendment V, an effort to establish nonpartisan elections.

Kent Osborne / SDPB

In November, South Dakota voters will get the chance to decide whether or not to support a measure that would create a non-partisan primary system.

Supporters say it increases democracy, while opponents say it reduces transparency.

Amendment V is neither a Republican nor a Democrat backed issue. State Republicans decided to oppose the constitutional amendment at their state convention, and state Democrats neither support nor oppose the measure.