Qualification, election, and term.
The Governor and lieutenant governor must be
citizens of the United States, have attained the age of twenty-one years, and be residents of the
State of South Dakota for two years preceding their election. They shall be jointly elected for a
term of four years at a general election held in a nonpresidential election year. The candidates
having the highest number of votes cast jointly for them shall be elected. Commencing with the
1974 general election, no person shall be elected to more than two consecutive terms as
Governor or as lieutenant governor. The election procedure shall be as prescribed by law.
History: 1889 Const., Art. IV, §§ 1 to 3; amendment of § 3 proposed by SL 1961, ch 296,
approved Nov. 6, 1962; amendment of §§ 1 and 3 proposed by SL 1970, ch 2, rejected Nov. 3,
1970; amendment proposed by SL 1972, ch 1, approved Nov. 7, 1972; amendment proposed by
SL 1998, ch 1, §§ 1 and 3, approved Nov. 3, 1998.