A commenter gets me wondering just what the deadlines are for submitting nominating petitions for the 2014 primary in South Dakota. Answer: March 25, 5 p.m.
I found that date by paging through South Dakota Codified Law to statute 12-6-4. I enjoy my almost daily trips through our law books (and I deeply appreciate the Legislative Research Council's accurate posting of those laws online). But it's usually a lot easier just to go to the Secretary of State's Upcoming Elections page and look at the handy-dandy election calendar...
...easier, that is, when the Secretary of State's Upcoming Elections page has been updated with information about the upcoming elections. I check the SOS website this morning and find Secretary Jason Gant asleep at the switch again:
Five months after the 2012 general election, and you still can't get a 2014 election calendar from the Secretary of State's website.
Thinking about the 2014 election in April 2013 isn't just sport for blogospheric hullaballooists. Foresightful candidates may well be looking ahead and planning their work schedules to accommodate their public plans. Committees may be getting ready to launch petition drives to place initiatives on the 2014 ballot. Those citizens seeking to place names and laws on that ballot expect the Secretary of State to provide quick and easy access to that information.
But five months later, Secretary Gant is apparently still too tuckered out from the 2012 election to do more than post a few Tweets a month, trundle down to the country club in Yankton to speak to the Rotarians, and make plans for Lincoln Day dinners.
Do your job, Secretary Gant. People count on you for information. That information should have been up five months ago. Get it done.