Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Minor Musing About South Dakota Ignoring Third Parties

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.


Tara Volesky said...

How can you say that, unless you are part of the machine, Lora Hubbel is the Republican establishment's worst nightmare. The Democrats, Tea party, Libertarians, and anti-establishment are going to love her. She is tenacious, fearless of the establishment and will fight for the oppressed and

Kal Lis said...


I appreciate your enthusiastic support for the Myers campaign. Until people start polling the gubernatorial race or we get some sort of exit polling, we are going to have to agree to disagree.

As far as my being part of the establishment, I've walked my own path for a long time. I can't think of a single political organization that would want me for a member.

Tara Volesky said...

Ok Kal Lis, You're cool. The Myer's campaign will embrace you. We like people who think for themselves. We are not a party. If you are an Independent thinker and focus on the issues instead of party politics, you might want to check out Myers/Hubbel. Thanks.