By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Attorney General is reminding the public that state law prohibits gifts or promises in exchange for signing initiative petitions.

So far, the Secretary of State’s office has approved five initiated ballot measures and three initiated constitutional amendments for circulation.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says under South Dakota law it’s illegal to exchange signature petitions for gifts, promise or loans.

Jackley says the state’s former attorneys general have issued similar cautionary statements in past election cycles.

Groups collecting signatures for initiated measures, which would change state law, have until Nov. 9 to collect at least 13,871 signatures.

Those wanting to put a constitutional amendment onto the 2016 ballot must collect at least 27,741 signatures by Nov. 9.

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