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Voters Feel Duty To Cast Ballots

April 10, 2012, 4:56 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Voters Feel Duty To Cast Ballots

Sioux Falls voters have the power to reshape the city council and the school board.

Four spots on the council and two school board seats are up for grabs in Tuesday's city-wide election.  The voters have been steadily streaming into polling places all day. 

"City Council, school district, and then there were those three measures at the end," voter Liz Gullickson said.

And the choices of voters like Gullickson can change who will make decisions that affect Sioux Falls citizens each and every day.

"I just figure they might need new blood," voter Dale Schaff said.

Schaff says he never misses a chance to mark a ballot. Usually his polling place is across town. But thanks to the new voting center system, he can stop here. This year, any registered voter can hit any of the 12 city vote centers regardless of where they live. But the day hasn't been without challenges. Don Sobko can tell you that.

"There were other people that left too, so they couldn't wait either," voter Don Sobko said.

He was an early bird-voter Tuesday morning. The problem? The voting center ran out of ballots.

"They didn't know when they were going to get them, and I had a doctor's appointment, so I had to leave. So, I'm back," Sobko said.

It's too early to tell if the shortage means more people are voting. But everyone who has shown up here will tell you they don't always do it because of a hot button issue or an allegiance to a candidate.

"It's their right to vote, and they should. It's a privilege too," Schaff said.

They do it because they can.

"We can vote in any election, and I just feel that is what I need to do as a responsible citizen," Gullickson said.

If you haven't voted yet, there is still time. Vote centers are open until 7 p.m.  Review the vote center map online to find which one is the most convenient.

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