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Some Residents Not Interested In Primary Election

May 27, 2014, 5:21 PM by Leland Steva

Some Residents Not Interested In Primary Election

We are just one week away from the primary election. Voters will decide on who will represent their political party on the ballot in November.

The Polls will open at 7 a.m. next Tuesday and will run to 7 p.m. While candidates are making a last minute push to round up votes, some residents from South Dakota aren't interested.

"When you asked me about the primary I thought, 'There's a primary?'" Tom Yount said.

Tom Yount of Sioux Falls will be out of the state during the election. He used to be interested in politics, but this year's candidates don't keep him interested.

"I had seen the signs up around town but I hadn't really been following it this year. I don't have a television," Yount said.

Lori Dyke of Hartford is going to vote on Tuesday. Two races in particular have her interested in casting her ballot.

"I wanted to make sure that I voted for the State Senate and the Governor," Lori Dyke said.

Dyke knows of people that wait until the general election in November before heading to the polls. Dyke wants her candidates to win, so she knows voting in the primary is the only way to guarantee her choice to lead the state will be on the November ballot.

"If you got a candidate that you're supporting, you need to vote for them in the primary because otherwise they may not make it to the final election and you have to be with them from the start," Dyke said.

Interested or not, voters will now have the power to decide.

The most recent figures show nearly 511,000 people are registered to vote in South Dakota.

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