Jason Gant

Secretary of State: Early Voter Turnout Strong in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he’s pleased with the early Election Day turnout at the polls. Gant says many voting sites around the state had people lined up outside when they opened at 7 a.m., and he’s encouraged for a high turnout. Gant earlier predicted that...
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Not Everyone Votes for Obama or Romney

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Obama or Romney. That’s the key decision for most voters in South Dakota and elsewhere who are voting in the presidential election on Tuesday. But fed up with what he calls two “evil” candidates, Sioux Falls resident Russell Olson opted for a third-party candidate. Olson voted for Libertarian candidate...
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Fewer SD Voters Cast Early Ballots Than in 2008

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Fewer South Dakota voters cast their ballots early in this presidential election than four years ago. About 89,000 voters had returned mail-in ballots before polls opened Tuesday. In 2008, more than 100,000 people had cast advance votes. Last presidential election, absentee votes accounted for more than a quarter of...
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Brendan Johnson

US Attorney Using Election Day as Teaching Tool

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says he is using Election Day as a teaching tool for his two young sons. Johnson cast his vote early Tuesday at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls with his two sons, 6-year-old Cooper and 9-year-old Sutton, before dropping them off at school....
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SD Voters Enjoy Mild Weather on Election Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Voters heading to the polls in South Dakota aren’t being bothered by bad weather. The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures Tuesday from the 40s in the northeast to near 60 in the southwest, with no rain or snow. Polling sites began opening at 7 a.m. Voters...
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Attorney General Marty Jackley

SD AG Warns About Potential Sandy Scammers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakotans to be on guard for scammers purporting to collect money to help victims in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Jackley says such behavior is typical after a disaster, and one of the most common traits scammers will use is high-pressure sales tactics....
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Democratic US House Candidate Pulls TV Ads in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democrat Matt Varilek has pulled his television ads blasting Republican Rep. Kristi Noem in the final days of their race for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House. The 37-year-old former congressional staffer said Monday he pulled his negative ads on Saturday and believes voters will appreciate his...
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Mailing Gives Some SD Voters Wrong Polling Site

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says his office has received complaints about mailings by a political action committee that gave voters incorrect information about polling sites for Tuesday’s general election. Gant is urging residents to beware of the mailings. He says people who are unsure of where...
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SD Candidates Take to Twitter to Drum Up Support

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Candidates gracing the South Dakota ballot are taking to the social networking site Twitter to get people pumped up for the polls. Republican Rep. Kristi Noem is among the most prolific Monday, posting web links for polling locations and photos of her working the phones. Her challenger, Democrat Matt...
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SD Secretary of State Predicts 70 Percent Turnout

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Secretary of State Jason Gant expects about 70 percent of South Dakota’s registered voters to cast ballots in the general election. That would be down slightly from the 73 percent voter turnout in the presidential election of 2008. If Gant’s prediction for this year’s election is accurate, about 369,000 votes...
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