The SD Secretary of State has not yet responded to my email. It has been several weeks now. So, I did some more research and came up with a new letter to send to Kristi Noem and the SD legislators.
The letter follows. Please feel free to use it, change it, send your own letter, or call the offices of your state legislators. I also recommend sending the letter to Thune, Johnson, and Rounds, since they ALL insist there was no fraud or interference in the 2020 election.
We The People in South Dakota want to know what you are doing to ensure election integrity.
Via codified law, IDs are required in South Dakota:
12-18-6.1. Voters required to provide identification before voting.
When the voter is requesting a ballot, the voter shall present a valid form of personal identification. The personal identification that may be presented shall be either:
(1) A South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver identification card;
(2) A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the United States government;
(3) A tribal identification card, including a picture; or
(4) A current student identification card, including a picture, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota.
If this is the law in South Dakota, how can signed affidavits be used when there is no ID available?
12-18-6.2. Affidavit in lieu of personal identification.
If a voter is not able to present a form of personal identification as required by § 12-18-6.1, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal identification. The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, prescribing the form of the affidavit. The affidavit shall require the voter to provide his or her name and address. The voter shall sign the affidavit under penalty of perjury.
We The People in South Dakota demand that you stop using these affidavits in our elections.
In addition, if a person’s identity cannot be verified before voting, then the person should not be allowed to vote.
12-18-6.3. Verification of identity–Provisional ballot if identity not verified.
The person making an application for ballots shall announce his or her name and present his or her personal identification. A member of the precinct election board shall then verify that the picture on the personal identification presented under § 12-18-6.1 matches such person and that the name on the personal identification appears on the voter registration list pursuant to § 12-18-7.1. If the member cannot determine from the personal identification presented that the person making an application for ballots is the person listed on the voter registration list, the member may consider other forms of identification, personal knowledge and an explanation from the person making an application for ballots to match that person’s name to a name on the registration list. If identity cannot be proven to the satisfaction of the member of the precinct election board or if the person making an application for ballots is challenged on the basis of identity by a member or a poll watcher, the person may vote a provisional ballot.
We The People in South Dakota demand that you stop accepting provisional ballots.
Furthermore, in several recent elections, pencils were provided to fill out the paper ballots. Why are pencils being used when ballots can easily be changed or manipulated if pencils are used?
We The People in South Dakota demand that only pens (not pencils) are used to fill out paper ballots.
According to Ballotpedia, South Dakota uses ballot-marking devices and systems (BMDs) for accessibility and an optical scanning device: https://ballotpedia.org/Voting_methods_and_equipment_by_state.
We The People in South Dakota want information on these machines and this process.
What is the name of the company that designed these machines and the scanning device? How old is this equipment and what measures are being taken for security of these votes? How are these votes processed? Who is responsible for overseeing these votes?
We The People in South Dakota want to know what you are doing to keep our voter rolls up to date.
We The People in South Dakota demand transparency in our election process.
I look forward to your response and learning about the steps that you are taking to ensure election integrity in South Dakota.