Trivia and Politics 101 South Dakota

Week 1- September 7, 2022

Q: How many Legislative Districts are there in South Dakota?

A: 35
 

Q: How many Legislative Senators are elected in South Dakota?

A: 35 (1 from each District)
 

Q: How many Legislative Representatives (House) are elected in South Dakota?

A: 70 (2 from each District)

Week 2- September 14, 2022

Q: How many years is a South Dakota Senator Elected for?

A: 2
 

Q: How many years is a South Dakota Representative Elected for?

A: 2
 

Q: Are legislators in South Dakota term limited?

A: YES (4 Terms, 8 years)
 

Week 3- September 21, 2022

Q: What is the earliest date you can vote absentee for the 2022 general election?

A: September 23, 2022
 

Q: How do I vote early and where?

A: Contact your County Auditor:
Lincoln County: 605-764-2581
Turner County: 605-297-3153
Union County: 605-356-2101
 

Week 4- September 28, 2022

Q: How many years is a SD Governor elected for?

A: 4 years
 

Q: Are Governors in SD term limited?

A: Yes, 2 terms (8 years)
 

Q: Who was the first ever Governor in SD?

A: Arthur C. Mellette
(He was also the last Gov. of the Dakota Territory)
 

Q: How many Governors have been elected in South Dakota?

A: 33
 

Week 5- Oct 5, 2022

Q: What is the name of the South Dakota State song?

A: "Hail, South Dakota"
 

Q: Who composed the South Dakota State song?

A: DeeCort Hamitt- 1942
 

Q: What city in South Dakota was the official South Dakota state song composer from?

A: Alcester, SD
 

Week 6- Oct 12, 2022

Q: What date did South Dakota become a State?

A: Nov 2, 1889
 

Q: What number placement was South Dakota admitted as?

A: Either 39th or 40th
As both ND and SD where admitted simultaineously
 

Q: Who is the only legislator from District 16 to be the Senate Majority Leader?

A: Roger McKellips of Alcester (1993, 1994)
 

Week 7- Oct 19, 2022

Q: When is the deadline to register to vote in the 2022 general election?

A: Oct 24, 2022
 

Q: What date is the General Election in 2022?

A: Nov 8, 2022
Always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 

Q: How is the date of the Primary election in June set?

A: It's always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June 
(SDCL 12-2-1)
 

Week 8- Oct 26, 2022

Q: What is the official state flower of South Dakota?

A: The Pasque Flower
Indigenous tribes called it "Ears of the Earth" or "Goslings" 

 

Q: What is the South Dakota state Moto?

A: "Under God, the People Rule"
 

Q: What is South Dakota's nick name?

A: "Mount Rushmore State"
 

Week 9- Nov 2, 2022

Q: What is an "Initiated Measure'?

A: Procedure by which a specified number of voters may propose a statute, constitutional amendment, or ordinance, and compel a popular vote on its adoption. 
Source: SD Legislative Research Council Glossary of Terms
 

Q: What is a 'Referendum'?

A: A general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision. 
Source: SD Legislative Research Council Glossary of Terms
 

Q: What is a 'Hoghouse' in legislative terms?

A: A procedure used in the legislature whereby a committee or a member from the floor will move to strike everything after the enacting clause of a bill and insert in lieu thereof the substance of an entirely new bill. 
Source: SD Legislative Research Council Glossary of Terms