South Dakotans spanked Governor Dennis Daugaard hard at the polls Tuesday, overturning two of his signature pieces of legislation with resounding No votes on Referred Laws 14 and 16.
Predictably, Governor Daugaard denies that any such thing happened. He says South Dakota voters who disagree with him are just tired and stupid:
"I think it showed a little voter fatigue on the ballot when you have that many measures, some with great complexity. It's bound to happen," Daugaard said.
Daugaard believes the ballots were long and the issues too complex so by the time voters got to the back side of the ballot, they were in a hurry and the mood to vote "no."
"The voters don't have time to dig into and understand the facts that bare upon an informed decision and so when voters don't have that time then most are included to say, 'well, I don't have time to dig into this and so I'm going to vote no,'" Daugaard said [Peggy Moyer, "Daugaard Reacts to Defeated Ballot Measures," KELOLand.com, 2012.11.07].
Daugaard contends the "take-away" from Tuesday's results is that we need more "straightforward, easy-to-read" (Moyer's words) ballot language. Considering that language was written by his own Attorney General, he should take that conversation down the hall at the Capitol.
The Governor's insult to South Dakota voters is obvious. Check the comments following Moyer's story:
Mr. Daugaard must be spending too much time underestimating the people of South Dakota. We are not uninformed. We are very much informed which is why we voted no. Maybe it is the governor who is uninformed about the needs and wants of the people of South Dakota. It is disrespectful of you to blame fatigued, uniformed voters for voting no to your initiatives [Susan Bartscher].
What a joke. I can't wait until the people of South Dakota have the chance to vote Do(no good) out of office because of being "fatigued" of him. He is making it sound like South Dakota voters do not know how to read ballots or understand how education works. Does he think people just bubbled them in to get done with the voting process. His comments in this article make about as much sense as his ideas on how to "reward" educators in our state [Mike Howard].
Another slap in the face. What a rude man! [Katie Abraham]
South Dakotans declared the Governor's policies on education and corporate welfare unaccceptable. Yet in his obtuse arrogance, Governor Daugaard dismisses the popular anti-mandate and promises (as I've heard Senator Deb Peters and others in the media promising) to bring back the education law we just rejected as separate pieces of legislation. That's really just a trick to impose his agenda in a way that will be harder for citizens to refer to a public vote.
South Dakotans, when your make your voice heard loud and clear at the ballot box, Governor Dennis Daugaard thinks you're just tired and stupid. He ignores your voice and carries on making the rules he wants. Remember that when he asks you to come to the ballot box for him in 2014. Send him a message he won't be able to ignore: vote to show that you're tired of his stupid.