Spammers Attack South Dakota Republican Party Convention Website

The South Dakota Republican Party had to remove hundreds of fake names from party convention registrants following a spam attack.

The attack happened on the party’s online registration page, where hundreds of fake names were filled in as delegates to the convention, which runs from June 23-25. The spammers also maxed out the 28 slots that had been reserved for press credentials, forcing the party to shut down press registrations.

In order to deter spammers from persisting in registering as delegates, the party requires them to pay $1 to register. GOP Chairman Dan Lederman said delegates will be reimbursed when they travel to the convention. By law, he said, the party cannot charge money because it would constitute a “poll tax.”

After:Rival factions of Republicans claim victories in South Dakota legislative primaries

Delegates will choose candidates for several constitutional positions who will run in the general elections in November. The convention is attracting more interest this year due to the Attorney General’s race and the controversy surrounding Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and impeachment by the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Ravnsborg faces a Senate impeachment trial two days before the convention begins for his actions in the death of a pedestrian north of Highmore.

Lederman said his staff had to remove about 400 fake names. He added that they weren’t even funny names.

“It’s just an annoyance,” he said.

He also said he does not know the origins of the orchestrated attack.

“At this point, I’m not even going to sue,” he said.

Noem site purchased:Noem challenger hijacks website launched to ‘defend title IX’

Berk Ehrmantraut, the Democratic Party’s executive director, said he understood the frustration because he was dealing with his own headaches preparing for his party’s convention. Democrats will meet in Fort Pierre on July 8 and 9 to nominate their candidates for the general election.

Ehrmantraut said the party does not encourage this type of behavior.

“If someone asked, we encourage them not to,” he said.

In addition to the Attorney General, party conventions will also nominate candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Public Utilities Commissioner, State Treasurer, State Auditor, and Schools Commissioner. and public lands.

About Sandra A. Powell

Check Also

Privacy & Cookies – PSNC Site

What are cookies As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site uses …