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SF Voters Approve Of Voting Centers

April 8, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

SF Voters Approve Of Voting Centers

Starting in 2012, the way people vote in Sioux Falls was altered for the benefit of the voter convenience, and people voting in Tuesday's election are seeing the results.

"I think it's wonderful. I think it's a great thing the way they do it because a lot of people are at work and live on the other side of town. I live on the west side of town in the middle of the city, but we just whipped over here, it was pretty nice," voter Gary Cone said.

"I think it went fine. They had plenty of people checking your registration and there were plenty of places to vote; it wasn't long at all," voter Connie Walker said.

Instead of voting based on where you live, Sioux Falls voters can now stop at any of the designated voting centers to cast their ballot.  At the Morningside Community Center, the lines have been out the door for most of the day, something that initially intimidated some voters.

"At first I did, I thought it was going to take quite awhile, but it didn't. It moved along very quickly," voter Judy Menage said.

Voters we talked to say it's just as quick as a precinct or even faster.

"By the time I stood in line, it was out the door until we went in there.  I voted and I was out of there in 10 minutes. I have my cheat sheet ready to go because there are other people waiting, also," Cone said.

"Um, let me look. Yeah, about 10 to 15 minutes to be completely done," Menage said.

Between the convenient locations and the time it takes to vote, the city's voting centers seem to be the remedy for the difficult election day experience.

"I don't know if this is a busy time I came or not, you know? This was fine with me; I didn't mind waiting 10 to 15 minutes," Menage said.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. in Sioux Falls.


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