Secretary of State Talks About Tuesday’s Primary Election

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Primary Election Day is coming up tomorrow across the state and the Secretary of State’s office has been busy preparing. Secretary of State Jason Gant says early voting–leading up to tomorrow’s election–has been going well.

Three central South Dakota counties will use electronic poll books and vote centers tomorrow. Hyde, Sully and Potter counties will be the first locations to use the new process since Sioux Falls tried it during elections in the past year. Workers have been trained in the three counties and Gant says the vote center concept allows residents in those areas to vote in locations other than their normal polling place.

The new electronic poll books allow poll workers to use laptops to check in voters, instead of manually lining out voters names in a book as they check in to cast a ballot. Gant says those that go to vote tomorrow should make sure they bring a photo ID with them.

Gant also says people can watch the results tomorrow through the Secretary of State’s website.

Gant predicts about 25-30% of registered voters will show up to vote tomorrow. He says some legislative races have heated up and the Democratic race for US House could also draw voters to the polls. Gant encourages people to vote Tuesday and results are available starting tomorrow evening on the website

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