PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant predicts a slightly above average turnout at the polls for the June 3 primary election.
He expects about 40 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats to vote. He says interest in the candidates is the biggest driver on election days.
A five-way race among Republicans for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson has garnered state-wide buzz. And a Democratic primary for the governor’s race has attracted members of the minority party.
Gant expects about 50 percent turnout overall.
He was disappointed after the primary two years ago when about 21 percent voted. He says his office has taken steps to help voters preview their ballots and find their polling places online and through the Vote605 mobile app.
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