Last updated on 2014.05.16
May it please the court of public opinion:
1. Petition circulators swear the following oath:
I, under oath, state that I circulated the above petition, that each signer personally signed this petition in my presence, and that either the signer or I added the printed name, the residence address of the signer, the date of signing, and the county of voter registration [emphasis mine; SDAR 05:02:08:00.03].
2. Annette Bosworth circulated a petition.
3. Bosworth swore the above oath on five petition sheets that include signatures dated between January 5 and January 15, 2014.
5. The individuals listed as signing the petition sheets Bosworth circulated between January 5 and January 15, 2014, were not all in the Philippines.
6. Those individuals could not have signed this petition in Bosworth's presence.
7. "That's obviously a no-no," says Secretary of State Jason Gant.
8. That's perjury, says SDCL 22-29-1:
Any person who, having taken an oath to testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, before any competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any state or federal proceeding or action in which such an oath may by law be administered, states, intentionally and contrary to the oath, any material matter which the person knows to be false, is guilty of perjury [SDCL 22-29-1].
9. That's a Class 6 felony, says SDCL 22-29-5.
10. SDCL 12-4-18 removes felons from the voter registration rolls while they serve their sentences.
11. If sentenced for perjury for violating her circulator's oath, Annette Bosworth would not be a registered Republican. If her sentence ran through Election Day, she would not be able to vote for herself... but interestingly, felons can campaign for and serve in the United States Senate.