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Turnout Expected To Be Average For City Election

April 9, 2012, 4:59 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Turnout Expected To Be Average For City Election

In the next 24 hours, Sioux Falls voters will head to the polls to make some big decisions on who will represent them on the city council and school board.

Voters will be electing two school board members and four city council members, but officials aren't expecting any big numbers on Election Day.

It’s because turnout has been steady, but average, as Sioux Falls absentee voters cast their ballots early ahead of Tuesday's election.

"It's our duty as citizens to vote," voter Ed Formiller said as he voted early at the Minnehaha County Administration building Monday morning.

About 950 voters have already made their decisions. That's just ahead of past non-mayoral elections that had an average of around 750 early absentee ballots. Lorie Hogstad is the new Sioux Falls City Clerk overseeing the election and doesn’t expect a record-breaking Election Day.

"These elections tend to not have quite as big of a turnout. We're expecting around 15 to 20 percent and that's based on the last three non-mayoral elections that we held," Hogstad said.

Hogstad says because there are no big issues or a mayoral race, the turnout might not be as big as the past few years.

"The big draw tends to be the mayoral candidates and then also you know the events center was a huge issue for the city of Sioux Falls and affected all the citizens," Hogstad said.

But voters say picking the city council candidates and school board members is just as important as voting for mayor or making decisions on other issues.

"Our biggest expenditure is schools and we should vote for the right people to help spend that money correctly," Formiller said.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

You can find a map of the twelve vote centers online.

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