SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Some Minnehaha County voters will soon cast their ballots at a new location. The new boundaries should benefit all Sioux Falls voters.
As the population grows on the west side of Sioux Falls, so do the lines at the polls.
"Some of our biggest overcrowding has been at JFK Elementary. The voting area has been very crowded. It's been difficult to have the appropriate amount of privacy for voters," Minnehaha County Auditor Sue Roust said.
But Tuesday, Roust presented a fix to Minnehaha County Commissioners.
"We'll be adding one location and redrawing lines to try and rebalance the size of the precincts," Roust said.
The new location will be at R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School on the southwest edge of town.
"When Pettigrew opened last fall, we knew we could finally make that change. Sometimes we have to wait for the buildings to be there to use," Roust said.
Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the changes, which also include phasing out some private locations and churches.
The county re-evaluates precinct sizes every two years to make sure they reflect the city's growth.
"We are getting voters voting closer to their homes and we're getting better-sized precincts to keep down the lines and waits on election day," Roust said.
Because figuring out who to vote for can be tough enough, long lines and lack of privacy should not add to the difficulty.
The new boundaries will take effect in time for the April election.
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