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Supreme courts in other states also have ruled that public bodies can use resources to educate voters on issues, he added.
Residents in the neighborhood gathered enough signatures to ask voters to approve a new outdoor pool for the park. It's one of four issues on April's citywide ballot.
She also said that there are two camps in the debate: One wants an indoor pool and the other an outdoor pool. Those two groups, and not City Hall, should be the ones attempting to sway voters.
Residents argue that the so called educational campaigns are thinly veiled attempts to influence the outcomes of elections. Bruce Danielson, who organized a news conference announcing the petition drive, pointed to the city's involvement on the Spellerberg pool issue. The city has released detailed drawings showing what an indoor pool would look like, but Danielson said that an indoor pool isn't on the ballot.
of Sioux Falls residents sent to City Hall on Thursday.
The group announced that it would launch a petition drive to keep City Hall on the sidelines during ballot issues. If successful, the petition drive would prohibit the city from organizing and funding "educational campaigns" about ballot issues.
Both state law and a city ordinance prohibit the use of public funds to influence the outcome of an election. But Sioux Falls City Attorney Dave Pfeifle said that state law does allow governments to educate voters on issues.
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"What are they educating us on? Things that aren't even on the ballot," Danielson said.
"I'm just reminded of what Thomas Jefferson said: A democracy demands an informed and educated electorate," he said.
Paula Johnson, who opposes the city's plan to build an indoor pool at Spellerberg, said she's upset the city wants to cut paratransit services to people with disabilities, but can spend $46,000 on "pretty pictures of an indoor pool" as part of its educational campaign.
City Councilor Kermit Staggers, who attended Thursday's news conference, cited the run up to the 2011 election in which voters approved spending $115 million for a new events center. Before the election, city officials conducted numerous news conferences to talk about what the facility would be like, as Converse Orange
"You have to show them what the options are and how it would go, one way or the other," Pfeifle said.
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"I heard all about the Converse Shoes Price event center, but I never heard about the opposition ever," he said.
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