Sturgis to hold special election regarding annexation of Jackpine Gypsies Club
STURGIS, S.D. — The City of Sturgis will hold a special election regarding the annexation of property owned by the Jackpine Gypsies on Tuesday, August 4.
This is a referendum action with the election date set according to South Dakota Statue. Under the statue, the Sturgis City Council must meet within 10 days of submission of the petition to set an election date. The election is required to take place on a Tuesday, within 30 to 50 days of the City Council meeting.
After several weeks of negotiation with the Jackpine Gypsies Club regarding voluntary annexation, the resolution to annex the property was passed by the City Council on June 1.
Petitions were submitted to the Finance Office on June 24, 2020 with sufficient signatures to refer the Resolution of Annexation to a vote of the people. Within the ten-day time period that was allowed by statue, the city council met in special session on Monday, June 29 to set the election date.
In order to comply with all the voter law requirements, the city had only three eligible election date to choose from which included:
- August 4
- August 11
- August 18
After discussion, the council voted to hold the special election on Tuesday, August 4, prior to the start of the Rally as a means to reduce exposure risk of COVID-19 to voters.
The election will take place at the Sturgis Community Center. It will be open to registered voters that reside in the city limits of Sturgis. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on election day. Absentee voting accommodations are being developed.
The subject property consists of about 30 acres that is adjacent to the south side of the City of Sturgis.
The City of Sturgis doesn’t intend to remove the racetrack or requiring a change in use. The annexation was sought to ensure that the property assisted in paying for the municipal services that it currently receives for free.