South Dakota has banned abortion on the ballot several times, and each time the initiative was appropriate. Rejected by voters:

In 2006, lawmakers passed a bill banning almost all abortions, signed by Governor Mike Rounds. It started a brutal campaign that turned into an influential issue in a busy election year with a governor race and 10 other ballot issues. Voters rejected 56% to 44% of the ban.

Opponents of abortion decided to run another race in 2008, collecting enough signatures to return the abortion to the ballot. The main difference between the two arrangements was that the 2008 effort included exceptions to rape and maternal health. Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections in 2006.

They were wrong. The 2008 vote was almost the same as in 2006, with 55% rejecting the measure.

Despite this vote, the South Dakota government has gone ahead and outlawed abortion.

Sounds familiar? Perhaps you will remember Next:

South Dakota has voted to legalize marijuana use for adults.

Constitutional Amendment A, which was passed by 53.4% ​​of the vote, “legalizes the possession, transportation, use and distribution of marijuana and marijuana content by persons 21 or older.”

Legislation was supposed to take effect in 2021, but it never happened. The South Dakota Supreme Court rejected the amendment for minor technical reasons. You might think this is not a big problem. They could vote again in 2022 on a clean initiative. But Anti-democratic elements Not willing to give up so easily in South Dakota:

South Dakota voters will decide later this year whether to become the 20th state in the country to legalize cannabis for recreational use, after supporters submitted thousands of signatures to state election officials earlier this month.

But five months before election day, it is unclear whether supporters of the vote will have to rally for approval.

Because those same voters will go to the polls next week to vote in a preliminary election that could rewrite the rules just before the November vote. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to approve Amendment C, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a majority ballot system rather than a simple majority to win 60 percent of the vote.

Fortunately, the amendment was defeated by a margin of more than C2 to 1. It will be interesting to see what strategy the South Dakota government adopts after passing the pot referendum again this November.

My cruel side suspects that neither the left nor the right is in favor of democracy. The leftists try to thwart the will of the people by making rules for unelected bureaucrats and judges. Rights try to make it harder to vote, contest election results, and in the Gerrimanders district so that 45% of Americans can rule over another 55%.

People think more about getting the results they want than the democratic process.

PS Think about the fact that South Dakota is one of the most conservative states in the Union, and yet voters there reject bans on pottery and abortion. Imagine a nationwide vote on this issue. (BTW, I’m not advising our national referendum, just commenting on how out of line our politics is from public opinion.)

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