Challenge to ballot petition circulators registration in South Dakota heard

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge in Aberdeen has heard arguments challenging a state law that will require ballot petition circulators to register and be included in a directory.

A lawsuit filed against the state by the grassroots organization SD Voice seeks an injunction to stop the law from taking effect next July. It requires petition circulators to apply with the secretary of state for an identification number, provide personal information and be included in a directory.

SD Voice says the law is unconstitutional. Attorneys for the state said Monday the law is aimed at preventing fraud.

Judge Charles Kornmann plans to issue a decision by Jan. 2.

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