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April 24, 2018 10:14 PM

Absentee Voting Underway For Sioux Falls Mayoral Runoff

One week from Tuesday, Sioux Falls voters will elect a new Mayor. For those who won't be around, you can cast your ballot at the Minnehaha County Auditor's office starting today.

A steady stream of people filed into the office: Each person wants to make sure their vote for either Jolene Loetscher or Paul TenHaken is on the books.

Mark Johnson has plans next week so he's exercising his civic duty a week early. 

"So I'm not sure I'm going to be in town when it actually happens. Elections are important to me," Johnson said.

In 15 minutes, 36 people go through the line. Johnson was in and out quickly. 

"Three minutes. There was people sitting there but the time you give them your driver's license and fill everything out, you're done," Johnson said. 

Whether you live in Minnehaha or Lincoln County, all absentee voters will be coming to the Minnehaha County Auditor's office to place their vote.

"Both Lincoln and Minnehaha County residents who are Sioux Falls voters can go to the Minnehaha County Auditor's office at 415 N Dakota Ave and cast their absentee ballot," City Clerk Tom Greco said. 

Greco says these stations will be open all week until Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as next Monday. He says more than 3,000 people voted absentee during the election a few weeks ago. Voters in the central district will also be deciding on a new city council member. 

"So far we have a pretty good volume down there. We're just a few hours into it, we hope to see that maintained," Greco said. 

Absentee voting for the June 5th statewide primary is also underway to decide the Republican candidates for governor and the U.S. House 
 
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