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SD Absentee Ballots Available For June 3 Primary Election

April 18, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

SD Absentee Ballots Available For June 3 Primary Election

It wasn't long after the last ballots from the Sioux Falls city elections were counted that Bob Litz and the Minnehaha County Auditor's Office went back to work on another election.

"Immediately after that election was over, we resumed working on the primary. We had to get our ballots in here. There's 21 different ballot styles that we've had to print this time and then figure out who gets what out there out of the 64 different precincts that we're going to have this primary," Litz said

Friday is the first day that absentee ballots are being released for the South Dakota primary election on June 3, and they have already mailed out 450 absentee ballots.

"I think the Governor's race and the Republican side probably is generating a little bit of enthusiasm, there's some passionate folks out there running for that, five candidates," Litz said.

Litz says he expects many more people to take advantage of the ability to vote absentee in the coming days.

"I like the service of the absentee voting. We've got people down here to the administration building and the courthouse for services and things they have to be down here for and oh, by the way, stop in at the Auditor's Office and vote," Litz said.

Which is exactly what Aaron Heidelberger did on the first day.

"Well, actually, I came down here to get my license update and I was like 'Well, there's no line, it's right here, get it done and out of the way,'" absentee voter Aaron Heidelberger said.

The convenience of voting absentee is what drew him to cast his ballot, but he is also looking ahead to what could happen as Election Day draws closer.

"Go vote for these people right now because you can, and that way if something comes up, something happens and you're in the hospital or something, you've got it already done," Heidelberger said.

Based on the number of ballots they've already mailed out and the races on the ballot, Litz is already placing a prediction on voter turn-out for June 3.

"Somewhere around 11,000 might be the deal and that'll work out to about an 11-12 percent turnout depending on how many registered voters we have at that time," Litz said.

If you want more information about who is on the ballot for the June 3 primaries, sample ballots can be picked up at the Minnehaha County Auditor's Office.

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