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          5:02:08:00.05.  Methodology for conducting the random sample for a statewide candidate, initiative petition, referred law petition, or initiated constitutional amendment petition. Upon receiving any statewide candidate petition, initiative petition, referred law petition, or initiated constitutional amendment petition, the secretary of state shall use the following method for conducting the random sample:

 

          (1)  Each sheet within the petition shall be consecutively numbered;

 

          (2)  A spreadsheet consisting of rows and columns shall be created listing each petition sheet number in a column and the number of eligible signatures, as defined in subsection 4(d), in a separate column;

 

          (3)  The Office of Secretary State must use the tables in subdivision (8) which identifies how many signatures shall be randomly sampled to meet the statutory requirement based on the number of petition signatures submitted. Microsoft Excel functions, or a similar program as determined by the secretary of state, shall be used to randomly select the signatures for validation;

 

          (4)  Each signature in the random sample shall be evaluated as to whether the signature is valid or invalid pursuant to §§ 5:02:08:00 and 5:02:08:00.01, and in accordance with:

 

               (a)  No signature line may be counted unless the person is a registered voter in the county indicated in the signature line;

 

               (b)  When validating a statewide partisan candidate petition, the party affiliation is also validated for each randomly selected eligible signature;

 

               (c)  A signature line consists of two rows containing six fields each, signature line is separately numbered as per § 5:02:08:00.03;

 

               (d)  An eligible signature is a signature line that is filled in partially or completely. If a signature line is empty or crossed out, said signature line is not included as an eligible signature. A signature line containing an abstract mark or markings shall be counted as an eligible signature; and

 

               (e)  A random sample signatures are those eligible signatures contained in the random sample generated by the program designated in sudivision (3). The total number of valid signatures submitted is extrapolated from the random sample;

 

          (5)  The total number of valid signatures is determined by:

 

               (a)  Subtracting the number of invalid random sample signatures from the total number of random sample signatures;

 

               (b)  Next, determine the percentage of valid signatures in the random sample signatures by dividing the number of valid signatures by the total number of random sample signatures;

 

               (c)  The resulting percentage is multiplied by the total number of eligible signatures submitted; and

 

               (d)  The resulting number is the number of valid signatures the secretary of state uses to determine how the petition is certified;

 

          (6)  If the number of valid signatures as determined in sudvision (5) is equal to or greater than the required number of signatures needed to file the petition, the secretary of state shall certify the petition as filed;

 

          (7)  If the number of valid signatures as determined in subdivision (5) is less than the required number of signatures needed to file the petition, the secretary of state shall certify the petition as not filed; and

 

          (8)  The table below identifies how many signatures shall be randomly sampled to meet the state requirements:

 

               (a)  If the sample size number is less than the safe harbor sample size number the Secretary of State shall use the safe harbor sample size number; and

 

               (b)  If the number of submitted signatures is between two numbers listed in the signatures submitted column, the Secretary of State shall round down to the lower number if the number is 500 or less and shall round up if the number is 501 and higher.

 

Statewide Ballot Question Table

Sample Size

Signatures

Submitted

"Safe Harbor"

Sample Size

Sample size %

of total

694

13,871

699

5.0032%

699

15,000

701

4.6600%

701

16,000

703

4.3813%

703

17,000

704

4.1353%

704

18,000

706

3.9111%

706

19,000

707

3.7158%

707

20,000

708

3.5350%

708

21,000

709

3.3714%

709

22,000

710

3.2227%

710

23,000

711

3.0870%

711

24,000

712

2.9625%

712

25,000

713

2.8480%

713

26,000

714

2.7423%

714

27,000

714

2.6444%

714

28,000

715

2.5500%

715

29,000

715

2.4655%

715

30,000

716

2.3833%

716

31,000

716

2.3097%

716

32,000

717

2.2375%

717

33,000

717

2.1727%

717

34,000

718

2.1088%

718

35,000

718

2.0514%

718

36,000

719

1.9944%

719

37,000

719

1.9432%

719

38,000

719

1.8921%

719

39,000

720

1.8436%

720

40,000

720

1.8000%

720

41,000

720

1.7561%

720

42,000

721

1.7143%

721

43,000

721

1.6767%

721

44,000

721

1.6386%

721

45,000

721

1.6022%

721

46,000

722

1.5674%

722

47,000

722

1.5362%

722

48,000

722

1.5042%

722

49,000

722

1.4735%

722

50,000

723

1.4440%

723

51,000

723

1.4176%

723

52,000

723

1.3904%

723

53,000

723

1.3642%

723

54,000

723

1.3389%

723

55,000

723

1.3145%

723

56,000

724

1.2911%

724

57,000

724

1.2702%

724

58,000

724

1.2483%

724

59,000

724

1.2271%

724

60,000

724

1.2067%

724

61,000

724

1.1869%

724

62,000

724

1.1677%

724

63,000

725

1.1492%

725

64,000

725

1.1328%

725

65,000

725

1.1154%

725

66,000

725

1.0985%

725

67,000

725

1.0821%

725

68,000

725

1.0662%

725

69,000

725

1.0507%

725

70,000

725

1.0357%

725

71,000

726

1.0211%

726

72,000

726

1.0083%

726

73,000

726

0.9945%

726

74,000

726

0.9811%

726

75,000

726

0.9680%

726

76,000

726

0.9553%

726

77,000

726

0.9429%

726

78,000

726

0.9308%

726

79,000

726

0.9190%

726

80,000

726

0.9075%

726

81,000

726

0.8963%

726

82,000

726

0.8854%

726

83,000

727

0.8747%

727

84,000

727

0.8655%

727

85,000

727

0.8553%

         

 

Statewide Candidate Table

Sample Size

Signatures

Submitted

"Safe Harbor"

Sample Size

Sample size %

of total

187

250

213

74.8000%

213

300

259

71.0000%

259

400

297

64.7500%

297

500

330

59.4000%

330

600

358

55.0000%

358

700

383

51.1429%

383

800

404

47.8750%

404

900

423

44.8889%

423

1,000

440

42.3000%

440

1,100

455

40.0000%

455

1,200

469

37.9167%

469

1,300

481

36.0769%

481

1,400

493

34.3571%

493

1,500

503

32.8667%

503

1,600

512

31.4375%

512

1,700

521

30.1176%

521

1,800

529

28.9444%

529

1,900

537

27.8421%

537

2,000

543

26.8500%

543

2,100

550

25.8571%

550

2,200

556

25.0000%

556

2,300

562

24.1739%

562

2,400

567

23.4167%

567

2,500

572

22.6800%

572

2,600

577

22.0000%

577

2,700

581

21.3704%

581

2,800

585

20.7500%

585

2,900

589

20.1724%

589

3,000

593

19.6333%

593

3,100

596

19.1290%

596

3,200

600

18.6250%

600

3,300

603

18.1818%

603

3,400

606

17.7353%

606

3,500

609

17.3143%

609

3,600

612

16.9167%

612

3,700

615

16.5405%

615

3,800

617

16.1842%

617

3,900

620

15.8205%

620

4,000

622

15.5000%

622

4,100

624

15.1707%

624

4,200

626

14.8571%

626

4,300

628

14.5581%

628

4,400

630

14.2727%

630

4,5000

632

14.0000%

632

4,600

634

13.7391%

634

4,700

636

13.4894%

636

4,800

638

13.2500%

638

4,900

639

13.0204%

639

5,000

641

12.7800%

 

Reference: Northern State University Assistant Professor of Accounting, Economics, Banking and Financial Services and Business Law, Sara Schmidt provided the methodology and the signature tables.

 

          Source: 33 SDR 230, effective July 1, 2007; 42 SDR 178, effective July 1, 2016; 44 SDR 17, effective August 8, 2017.

          General Authority: SDCL 2-1-16.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 2-1-16, 12-1-35, 12-1-36.

 


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