- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state legislative committee has approved a measure that would put a deadline on when citizens can challenge petitions that statewide candidates use to get their name on a primary election ballot.

The Senate Committee on State Affairs unanimously voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full chamber. Under the proposed language, challenges would have to be filed by the second Tuesday in March before a primary.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs testified that the measure would allow petitions to be challenged while leaving enough time for primary ballots to be printed in April. The measure would give petition challenges precedence over other cases in circuit court.

The revisions were inspired by South Dakota’s 2014 Senate race, in which a couple of candidates were accused of election law violations.

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