Yankton Press & Dakotan
4 June 1938 (Evening); p. 6, col. 5
WOMEN TO SIT IN CONVENTION
Democrats Elect 26 And Republicans One For State Party Meetings
PIERRE, June 4. (AP) — Women, for the first time in South Dakota’s history, will this year be represented in considerable numbers at a political party’s state convention.
Lists of convention delegates compiled by Secretary of State Goldie Wells show that 26 women were elected in 25 counties as official party representatives to the state democratic meeting here July 1. In republican ranks, however, only one woman – Agnes C. Sullivan of Bison – was named as a delegate to the party’es convention here June 27.
Each of the state’s 69 counties is entitled to elect three delegates to the biennial conventions at which party organization leaders are elected, platforms adopted and nominees for the seven political offices below governor selected. Delegates to the coming democratic convention were elected in all but Armstrong and Washabaugh counties. Armstrong, Shannon, and Washington counties will have no delegates at the republican meeting.
No Major Conflicts
The conventions this year will nominate party candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general, commissioner of school and public lands and railroad commissioner. Neither convention will be confronted with the problem of selecting nominees for major offices as the winning candidates in the May 3 primary election each received 35 per cent of the total vote cast in each contest. Only when no candidate receives 35 per cent of the vote in a primary contest does the final decision rest with the convention.
The voting strength of the convention delegates is determined by the vote in their county for their party’s candidate for governor at the last general election. Thus the total vote at the republican convention will be 151,659 and at the democratic convention 142,255. A majority of the convention vote cast nominates or elects.
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