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June 02, 2014 06:11 PM

Polling Places Prepare For The Primary

Sioux Falls, SD

Whether or not the voter turn-out will be big or small Tuesday is still unknown. In Minnehaha County, voting officials say it could go either way during a primary election.

Earlier this month, absentee votes were lagging in Minnehaha County. But that's all been changing recently.

"Lately, this last week and today, they've been non-stop. It's ramping up. I think that coincides with the release of a lot of political advertising. And media, of course, accenting it. People just remember to go vote," Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz said. 

Litz says the turnout for a primary election is typically 11 to 18 percent.  But he admits no election is truly predictable.

"You know, you want to make a liar out of me, ask me that question. I'll give you an answer, but I'm never right on that. I've looked back at the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 and they're all over the place. So I wouldn't want to hazard a guess," Litz said. 

While turnout is up in the air, confusion on voting day tends to be the norm for primaries. Republicans, Democrats and Independents will have different ballots and so will the separate precincts and districts across the state.

Along with the ballot, there might also be some confusion on where to vote within the county.

"We did have 16, a total of 16, polling places that we had to change. A lot of them were due to the school doing remodeling during the summer. A few of them were ADA. City of Brandon, we busted that up out of the fire hall. They've got one at the fire hall, one at the golf course and one at the city hall. So they're changing the way they do business out there," Litz said. 

Even with some big changes, Litz says voting officials will be happy to help anyone who wants to cast their vote.

If you're not sure where to vote, you can go to the Secretary of State's website to find out.

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