South Dakota Amendment K on 2010 Ballot

Amendment K (aka “the secret ballot”) came about in part because some were concerned that the ineptly named Employee Free Choice Act (aka “card check”) would become law. In the event that it did (or does, since it is not yet dead) there is hope that the passage of Amendment K would slow or stop the implementation of said law.

In brief, Amendment K positively and explicitly preserves the right of citizens to cast secret ballots for public elections and private elections which pertain to the establishment of employee unions.

In normal times, the need for such an amendment would not exist since the the secret ballot is one of the underpinnings of a modern free society: the right for a citizen to place a vote without being required to answer to anyone other than God as to what was voted for or against.

Here in the United States, we’ve not always seen the use of the secret ballot for political elections or union elections, for that matter. Past abuses of the electoral system, including outright bribery and intimidation which accompanied non-secret balloting, have shown us the benefit of choosing a less-corruptible way.

Whether in public or union elections, all citizens should be permitted to vote their individual consciences. May your conscience agree with mine on this particular matter. If it does not, remember that you might not be so free to choose if you could not do so within the privacy of the voting booth.

Vote “Yes” on Amendment K.