New South Dakota bill bars residency requirement for voters

South Dakota‘s requirement that a person must live in a “permanent dwelling” to be eligible to vote in the state has been revoked by the House State Affairs Committee. 

Last week, the state Senate approved SB17 in a 31-2 vote that would remove a 30-day residency requirement before being able to register to vote. The residency condition passed in 2023, counteracting people who lived in a recreational vehicle but purchased mailboxes in South Dakota.

Federal law prevents residency requirements in presidential elections, prompting the secretary of state to request the bill. Republican state Sen. David Wheeler introduced the secretary of state-backed legislation, saying that the original law was unconstitutional.

“So, at this time, the state statute is in conflict with federal law regarding how we register individuals,” Wheeler said. “I still think there is value in having
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