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Most South Dakotans Are Not Party Jumpers

March 24, 2008, 3:54 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Most South Dakotans Are Not Party Jumpers
As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to fight for the Democratic Party’s nomination for presidential candidate, thousands of people around the country are changing party affiliations in order to cast a vote in a primary election. But, that's not the case here in South Dakota. 

South Dakota's primary election is still months away, and just how important it will be to the democratic nomination for president is still up for debate. But are South Dakotans changing party affiliations so they can take part in the primary? 

Minnehaha County Auditor Sue Roust says, "We always see a little of it, but not huge numbers, because if people do change their registration, they have to come back and change it back again." 

And for the typical South Dakota voter, that's just too much of a hassle. Minnehaha County Auditor Sue Roust says those who do jump parties are more likely to do it for local reason, not for presidential candidates. 

"Sometimes it's personal,” explains Roust. “If you have a family member who is running in a primary and you want to give them a little boost, or a co-worker, you might change your party so that you're able to vote for them." 

And voters likely aren't the only ones not spending a lot of time and energy worrying about the presidential primary here in South Dakota. 

Roust says, “I'm afraid those candidates are out looking for super delegates instead of worrying about South Dakota's ten." 

But, it could all change if the nomination is still up for grabs on June third.

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