Election 2024

A voter on a bicycle drops off a ballot at a drive through drop-off for absentee ballots on Aug. 11, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

BY: - February 25, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump greets supporters during an election night watch party at the State Fairgrounds on Feb. 24, 2024, in Columbia, South Carolina. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump triumphs over former SC Gov. Nikki Haley in SC GOP primary

BY: and - February 24, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump won an expected blowout victory Saturday over former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. The Associated Press called the race at 7 p.m. with zero percent of the precincts reporting. When state election officials had counted 62% of the ballots, Trump held […]

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel And Convention Center on Feb. 24, 2024, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In CPAC speech, Trump predicts ‘losing World War III’ if he is not elected

BY: - February 24, 2024

Former President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture Saturday of what would happen to the United States should voters reelect Joe Biden to the Oval Office in November. The front-runner in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, who made similar predictions ahead of the 2020 presidential election, told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference — […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks speaks at a campaign rally at Drake Enterprises, an automotive parts manufacturer, on Sept. 27, 2023, in Clinton Township, Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump comes out against Alabama IVF ruling as national Republicans scramble for distance

BY: - February 23, 2024

Former President Donald Trump called on Alabama lawmakers Friday to “find an immediate solution” to remedy a state Supreme Court ruling that threatened the availability of in vitro fertilization, and national Republicans running for Congress sought to distance themselves from the Alabama decision as well. In a post to his social media site, Truth Social, […]

Gov. Kristi Noem presents her fiscal year 2025 budget address to the South Dakota Legislature on Dec. 5, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Noem, a contender in the veepstakes, rallies for Trump at CPAC

BY: - February 23, 2024

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday in Maryland that the Republican Party is “not going back to the old days of the Romneys and Cheneys” because the party is “much bigger than that now.” Mitt Romney was the party’s nominee for president in 2012, […]

Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, speaks on the House floor on Feb. 6, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Responding to abortion-rights effort, House approves bill allowing withdrawn petition signatures

BY: - February 20, 2024

In response to a potential ballot measure that would reinstate abortion rights, the Republican-dominated South Dakota House of Representatives advanced a bill Tuesday in Pierre that would allow people to remove their signatures from ballot-question petitions.  The bill passed 59-9 — with the no votes coming from the chamber’s seven Democrats and two of its […]

South Dakotans sign petitions at Yankton River Boat Days in August. (Courtesy of Dakotans for Health)

Regret signing that petition? Republicans are here to ‘help’

BY: - February 19, 2024

Ever since the South Dakota Legislature dismantled the voter-approved anti-corruption measure known as IM 22 in record time, lawmakers and the people who back initiated measures have been locked in a battle of the ballot box. Lawmakers try to throw up as many roadblocks to ballot access as they can while ballot measure backers are […]

Joe Kirby, head of South Dakota Open Primaries, signs a petition on April 19, 2023, in Sioux Falls that aims to allow all voters to cast a vote in the state's primary elections. Kirby is seated next to De Knudson of Sioux Falls, with Tom Dempster of Sioux Falls standing to her left. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Open primaries effort attracts big contributions from South Dakotans and Colorado group

BY: - February 18, 2024

An ongoing effort to create open primary elections received some big contributions from South Dakotans in 2023, and also received a little more than half of its donations from a Colorado-based political action committee funded in large part by a Georgia billionaire, according to recently filed campaign finance reports. “Our open primaries effort in South […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends a pre-trial hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court on Feb. 15, 2024, in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. (Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s calendar becoming crowded as legal battles escalate in New York, D.C.

BY: and - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s days fighting criminal charges in two courts could be arriving soon. Special Counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday not to pause federal election interference proceedings and a New York state judge on Thursday set a late March trial date on charges related to hush money […]

The South Dakota Senate convenes on Feb. 5, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Deepfakes bill clears state Senate, loses impact on 2024 primary

BY: - February 13, 2024

A bill to bar the dissemination of unlabeled “deepfakes” within 90 days of an election cleared the state Senate on Tuesday, but not before lawmakers stripped it of an emergency clause that would have changed the law in time for the 2024 primary. Deepfakes is the blanket term attached to photos, audio and video manipulated […]

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Sept. 8, 2023, at The Monument in Rapid City. (Seth Tupper/South Dakota Searchlight)

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to pause federal trial over presidential immunity question

BY: and - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to further delay his federal criminal trial on charges he attempted to subvert the 2020 election, contending his actions were protected by presidential immunity. In a 40-page application to the Supreme Court late Monday, Trump and his attorneys asked the justices to pause […]

Signage at an early voting center on Sept. 23, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Are Americans really committed to democracy in the 2024 election?

BY: - February 12, 2024

With former President Donald Trump having all but wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination, one issue looks set to be at the center of the general election campaign: the threat to democracy. In a major campaign speech in Pennsylvania in January, President Joe Biden detailed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, his efforts to use violence […]