Election Meeting in Pierre Friday September 2, 2022 at 1pm
Dear County Auditor
Thank you for expressing your interest to participate in the efforts of South Dakota citizensâ€™, their representatives, and our Governor to preserve the integrity of our public elections, by ensuring transparency and oversight by the public in our elections, as they were intended.
The invitation we received from the County Auditors to provide the peopleâ€™s representatives with information regarding the election speaks to the very heart of our request to Governor Noem and the Attorney General, namely that members of our citizenry have been denied public records of their election and how such election was conducted, on the basis of protecting private, special interests instead of the peopleâ€™s, which as elected officials we swore to uphold.
Whether or not issues or incidents occurred in the previous elections is immaterial to our request to uphold the inherent right of the citizens of our great state of South Dakota to oversee their elections. As we originally stated the issue at hand, and our Governor has publicly agreed with, we are proud of the right of our people to oversee their government and elections, which is â€œembodied in our laws allowing for the inspection of nearly every step of our elections while still maintaining the secrecy of individual ballots,â€ and is seemingly being denied by those officials we have entrusted with this sacred duty.
We are pleased to see that Governor Noem supports our efforts, and her administration will be assisting us in the fight for free, fair and transparent elections in South Dakota, as they are â€œactively researching potential legislation for the upcoming legislative session.â€
That is why we have included the Governor and Attorney General in our response to you here today. Governor Noem recognized that inherent right of our citizens to oversee their elections and provided you and your colleagues a clear direction when she stated that â€œall aspects of state and local government in South Dakota would do well to conduct our elections in a transparent fashion.â€ We too would encourage you to take heed of our Governorâ€™s wise and prudent advice.
That is why we must decline your request to attend the county auditorsâ€™ invitation only event, out of the view and inaccessible to the general public, and after the stated deadline for our request for the preservation of our election records has passed, on behalf of our citizens.
However, we would invite the various County Auditors of our state to attend a public informational meeting at our State Capitol before September 3rd where we, as the peopleâ€™s representatives, and with an open invitation to the Governor to help us address issues or concerns any of our elected county public officials may have in serving the publicâ€™s interest and right in overseeing their elections at that time. We would appreciate you considering joining us in-person or remotely via Microsoft Teams on Friday, September 2nd, at 1 pm at the State Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota
In addition, we would welcome the chance to hear from Governor Noem on her vision to strengthen our elections, and to restore the trust and transparency in the process as sheâ€™s alluded to. Like our Governor, we will work diligently to hold our elections to a higher standard than what previous administrations and their Secretaries of State have, and to restore the trust of the public in their elections.
We look forward to the timely response to our invitation and hope our County Auditors will join us in working for the people of South Dakota.
South Dakota Freedom Caucus
REMOTE MEETING LINK HERE.
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