- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota political campaigns are using the little remaining time before Election Day to reach a few more voters and make sure supporters get to the polls Tuesday. The crowded ballot includes 10 ballot measures, plus races for offices from Legislature to president.

Here’s a look at some of the most active campaigns in the dwindling hours of the 2016 race:

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MARSY’S LAW

On top of a deluge of advertising, supporters of a measure that would incorporate crime victims’ rights into the South Dakota constitution are going door-to-door, buoyed by good campaign weather. As of Sunday, supporters had visited more than 20,000 doors to speak with residents or leave literature behind.

The campaign plans to finish with telephone calls on Election Day.

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NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS

The well-funded campaign for a constitutional amendment that would strip party labels from the ballot has teams out in Rapid City and Sioux Falls and plans to make phone calls all day Tuesday.

The amendment also would establish a nonpartisan primary that would send the top vote-getters to the general election, but it wouldn’t apply to presidential races.

The opposition campaign can’t afford an intricate get-out-the-vote effort, said Will Mortenson, chairman of a group working against the measure. Instead, he’s largely relying on coalition members - including high-profile Republicans - to remind people in their circles to vote it down.

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CAMPAIGN FINANCE OVERHAUL

Supporters of a measure that would create an ethics commission, tighten campaign finance laws and set up a system to publicly fund campaigns had about 30 volunteers working the phones and out in the field Monday.

To date, the campaign has made over 240,000 voter-contact attempts through direct mail and phone banks. Backers of the measure are actively campaigning on four university campuses, too.

The opposition campaign is focusing on phone banking that will continue into Tuesday.

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GOVERNOR’S EFFORTS

Though not highly visible on the campaign trail, GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard has supported a constitutional amendment that would make it clear that South Dakota’s four technical institutes are independent from the Board of Regents.

He voted against a trio of ballot measures that could radically reshape South Dakota politics. Daugaard has spoken against the nonpartisan elections amendment at political events and donated $55,000 from his campaign fund to the opposition campaign.

Daugaard said in a statement that the measures, which also include the campaign finance proposal and an independent redistricting plan, are solutions to problems that don’t exist.

The groups running each ballot measure campaign say they’re needed government reforms with bipartisan supporters.

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