Both Madville Times and South Dakota Liberty have posts about Secretary of State Jason Gant's refusal to allow Independent Mike Myers to replace Caitlin Collier, his original choice for Lt. Governor, with Lora Hubbel. Gant justifies his denial by noting no statute exists to allow him to sanction this change. Such adherence to the rule of law would be more laudable if one didn't notice that no provision of the law precludes Gant from sanctioning this switch. Madville reports the Myers campaign will challenge Gant's ruling.
On the specific issue at hand, Myers made a terrible choice in picking Hubbel and it would be best for his campaign if no one knew she is his running mate.
The larger issue, however, is that third parties in South Dakota and elsewhere face challenges they need not face. In this situation South Dakota Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates may change their running mates. I would bet more than half the acres of the proverbial farm that those writing the law didn't think about looking at the statute for Independents because they took for granted that every race would be a two party race.
No one wants to make it so easy to get on the ballot that people like me start running. On the other hand, large independent groups enabled by the Citizens United decision will soon have as much influence as the two dominant political parties now have. In fact, they soon will probably have more. Laws will need to change and reflect that reality. Whatever happens in the Myers/Hubbel v. Gant situation, South Dakota's legislators should no longer take the two party duopoly for granted.